Manchester United vs Sunderland
Saturday 3rd May, 2014
15:00 KO BST
Old Trafford, M16 0RA
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
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 1-0 Sunderland (06-12-08)
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.
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