Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(80) 52 Goals 36 (39)
(61) 41 Assists 21 (22)
(6.9) 7 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
30.1 Average Age 27.1
181 Average Height (cm) 180.6
(1.1) 1.2 Shots pg 1 (0.8)
(53%) 50% Aerial Duel Success 46% (45%)
(0.5) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.6)
(1.7) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Anderson Out 6.63
Shinji Kagawa Doubtful 6.89
Nani Doubtful 6.69
Nemanja Vidic Doubtful 7.37
Nick Powell Doubtful 6.8
Wayne Rooney Doubtful 7.25
Jonny Evans Doubtful 7.21
Player Reason Status Rating
Lee Cattermole Out 6.61
Wes Brown Out N/A
Adam Johnson Doubtful 6.72
Danny Rose Doubtful 6.96
Phil Bardsley Doubtful 6.35

Team News

  • Nemanja Vidic could well play a part after Sir Alex Ferguson stated that the City game had come too soon for him but this match might be a good time for him to make his long-awaited return.
  • Wayne Rooney has had a virus this week but is hopeful of being fit for the game.
  • Jonny Evans is a minor doubt after being forced off against City with a hamstring injury not long into the 2nd half last time out. Chris Smalling will be on standby to replace him.
  • Paul Scholes could return in central midfield, while it might be too much to ask Antonio Valencia to play two games in a week after only recently returning from injury, so we could see Ferguson revert to the narrow midfield diamond he has utilised on a few occasions this season.
  • After a resounding 3-0 win over Reading in midweek, Martin O'Neill's side will have a renewed confidence and he may opt for the same XI at Old Trafford.
  • Former Utd trainee Phil Bardsley was withdrawn only half an hour after coming on in the Reading game with a knee injury and is a severe doubt for this game.
  • Adam Johnson and Danny Rose were also taken off with knocks in midweek and could miss out here, with O'Shea able to switch to left-back if necessary and Larsson a potential replacement on the right, with Bramble and Vaughan coming in centrally.

Prediction

  • Manchester United's derby win over City last weekend opened up a 6 point gap at the top of the Premier League, and they now have a nice cushion between themselves and the chasers. They will want to keep the pressure on their rivals to maintain the pace at the top with another win and 3 more points here.
  • Sunderland's poor form has seen them win only 2 of their last 12 games in all competitions, though their midweek win over Reading moved them up to 15th in the table, and has relieved a little of the pressure that was building on manager Martin O'Neill.
  • A trip to Old Trafford is not want the Black Cats will have wanted to start getting a good run together, though the lack of expectation will mean O'Neill will not have to answer any questions about his future whatever the result. Sunderland came close to winning at Old Trafford 3 seasons ago before drawing, but have lost each of the other times they have visited in the last 5 years. They have been poor this season and United will be in no mood to stop and let the away side settle.
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Latest Comments

 
  • Another great performance from De Gea!!! :)

  • Sunderland fans sarcastically cheered wildly last season after news that Aguero had scored the winning goal at QPR and snatched the title from us.

  • revenge my ass, united on handicap this game.

  • what's with all the revenge? what did Sunderland do?

  • Jonny Evans won't play.Sir Alex confirmed it.Probably Vidic will replace him!

  • Definitely revenge.

  • REVENGE S'land fans you are not welcome anymore at Old Trafford ,it's going to be a nightmare for you and you know why!!! ;) We are Man Utd ,we do what we want!!!

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