MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Sunderland

Manchester United vs Sunderland

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 3rd May, 2014

15:00 KO BST

Old Trafford, M16 0RA


United (7th)

Ryan Giggs on his future and the last few games of the season: “Nothing has changed – it’s until the end of the season and we’ll chat when that’s over. My main concentration is on Sunderland tomorrow and the remaining two games.”

  • Robin van Persie is back in training after a knee injury and could feature. “Robin has been back training this week and has looked good. Whether tomorrow is too early, we’ll just have to see how he goes.”

  • Wayne Rooney is a doubt with both a groin strain and a slight bug.

  • “Wayne also has a tight groin. You have to be careful with the bug because the immune system is down a bit but Wayne, being Wayne, wants to play,” Ryan Giggs said on Friday.

  • Rafael remains a doubt with an unspecified knock.

  • If Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are deemed unfit to start, Danny Welbeck could find himself once again leading the line, possibly partnered by the often-overlooked-by-David-Moyes Javier Hernandez.

Predicted line-up: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Valencia, Mata, Kagawa, Welbeck

Home record: P17 W8 D3 L6 F26 A19 Pts27

Home form: W D L L W W

Home record vs Sunderland: P68 W39 D18 L11 F140 A75


Sunderland (17th)

Ex-Red Wes Brown on Ryan Giggs and visiting Old Trafford: “I watched his first game and United played really well. Everyone was up for it. Against us, we will obviously go there and try to get three points but we know it is going to be very difficult. I have always thought that Ryan would eventually manage a team and I am sure he is thriving on it. Everything at the moment is going to be in their favour. They have got a new lease of life, they will definitely be up for the game and the crowd will as well.

Predicted line-up: Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Alonso, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Gardner, Johnson, Wickham

Away record: P18 W4 D5 L9 F19 A33 Pts17

Away form: L L L L D W


Last five league meetings at Old Trafford

United 3-1 Sunderland (15-12-12)

United 1-0 Sunderland (05-11-11)

United 2-0 Sunderland (26-12-10)

United 2-2 Sunderland (03-10-09)

United 1-0 Sunderland (06-12-08)

michael carrick


Referee: Howard Webb.

The 42-year-old official has taken charge of 29 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 89 yellow cards and 2 red cards. He has awarded 3 penalties. Was last seen by United fans during the 4-1 derby defeat to Manchestr City back in September.

Assistants: D Cann, S Massey.

Fourth Official: Andre Marriner.

Howard Webb


United currently have 60 points in this season’s Premier League – 25 fewer than at this stage last year.

United have won 15 of 18 games against teams in the bottom half of the table – the best record in the division.

Sunderland come into the game after back-to-back wins – they have not won three consecutive matches this season.

Connor Wickham has scored 5 goals in his last 3 Premier League appearances.

Wayne Rooney has scored 6 goals in the last 5 Premier League fixtures.

United have never lost a Premier League home match against Sunderland.



United 1/3 Draw 9/2 Sunderland 7/1

RedMancunian score prediction: United 3-1 Sunderland

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  1. Jack you have got the day wrong, we play against Sunderland tonight Saturday 3rd May not Sunday. Can’t wait.

  2. Sunderland seem that he want to win they put their best strong line-up.
    As for united i said they should put a line up like real madrid put in bayern match.
    carrick behind the two midfielder mata,kagawa
    then forward with valencia,chicharito,welbeck.

  3. Guyz just notice the match if kagawa and mata played together they often exchange pass with each other. The two player will make many passes and try to create goal opportunity to strike

  4. I prefer like

    they will burn the pitch

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