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PREVIEW: Sunderland v Manchester United – Barclays Premier League

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Barclays Premier League

Sunday 24th August 2014, KO 16:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports

Referee: Martin Atkinson; Assistants: S Child & H Lennard; Fourth Official: P Dowd

Manchester United face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday in their first away trip of the new Barclays Premier League season. Last week the Red Devils lost 2-1 to Swansea City at Old Trafford, the first time they had lost a fixture at home on the opening day of the season since 1972, which is just another record broken by United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013. Louis van Gaal seems to be the right man for the job as he has turned United into a force once again, but injuries and lack of quality players seem to be the main thing screwing him over at this moment in time, and the injury list for this match does not look much better than the list for the last match.

United have made a signing since their opening day defeat, Marcos Rojo, an Argentinian international signed for the club on Wednesday in a £16 million deal, which also saw the inconsistent Portuguese winger Nani leave on a season long loan with Sporting, Rojo’s former club. Unfortunately Rojo will not be able to make his debut against Sunderland due to not have a work permit in place so he could feature against MK Dons on Tuesday, which would seem unlikely seeing as there is a Bank Holiday on Monday, which could see the Argentinian making his debut against Burnley next Saturday, which is a lunchtime kick-off at Turf Moor.

Sunderland are a team that did well last season, especially against United. They have also strengthened this summer bringing in goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, defenders Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt, midfielders Jack Rodwell and Jordi Gómez forward Will Buckley, which will make their squad even stronger. The North-East club do have a few doubts with Billy Jones, Emanuele Giaccherini and Santiago Vergini on the sidelines.

United on the other hand have many injuries of their own. All three of the clubs new signings are on the sidelines (two through injury), along with many more players which has weakened United. Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard are either out of the fixture, or a doubt for it. Robin van Persie was declared fit for the match and it is expected that he will start at the Stadium of Light. United may get by with the squad they have, or they may get found out again. New additions are needed, badly and one looks set to be sorted out in the coming week, another Argentinian – Ángel di María, according to reports by Guillem Balague and Sky Sports, so it must be very close to being completed.

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Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 1 matches, won 0, drawn 0, lost 1 and currently have 0 points

Scored 1 goals (1 goals per match) & conceded 2 goals (2 goals per match) – 0 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 0 matches

Clean sheet record 0%

Sunderland Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 1 matches, won 0, drawn 1, lost 0 and currently have 1 points

Scored 2 goals (2 goals per match) & conceded 2 goals (2 goals per match) – 0 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 1 matches

Clean sheet record 0%

Top Scorers (pre-season):

Manchester United: 1 – Wayne Rooney

Sunderland: 1 – Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson

Manchester United Form: – LWWWWW

Last six matches: Swansea City 2-1 L, Valencia 2-1 W, Liverpool 3-1 W, Real Madrid 3-1 W, Inter Milan 0-0 (5-3) W, AS Roma 3-2 W

Sunderland: – DWWDLW

Last six matches: West Bromwich Albion 2-2 D, Udinese 1-0 W, Real Betis 2-0 W, Vitória Setúbal 0-0 D, Nacional 1-0 L, Recreativo Huelva 1-0 W

Head to Head:

Played 13 matches at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 9, Drawn 3, Lost 1 – Scored 22 goals, conceded 9 goals and kept 6 clean sheets

Swansea City: Won 1, Drawn 3, Lost 9 – Scored 9 goals, conceded 22 goals and kept 1 clean sheet

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 30. Guillermo Varela, 36. Marnick Vermijl, 38. Michael Keane, 39. Tom Thorpe, 41. Reece James, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 23. Tom Cleverley, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 26. Shinji Kagawa, 28. Anderson, 29. Wilfried Zaha, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 34. Tom Lawrence, 35. Jesse Lingard, 45. Davide Petrucci, 46. Joe Rothwell;

Strikers: 10. Wayne Rooney, 14. Javier Hernandez, 19. Danny Welbeck, 20. Robin van Persie, 48. Will Keane, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (hamstring), 6. Jonny Evans (knock), 16. Michael Carrick (ankle/foot), 19. Danny Welbeck (knee), 21. Ander Herrera (ankle/foot), 25. Antonio Valencia (leg), 28. Anderson (calf/shin), 31. Marouane Fellaini (ankle/foot), 35. Jesse Lingard (knee) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Sunderland Squad:

Manager: Gus Poyet

Goalkeepers: 1. Costel Pantilimon, 25. Vito Mannone,

Defenders: 2. Billy Jones, 3. Patrick van Aanholt, 5. Wes Brown, 16. John O’Shea, 21. Modibo Diakité, 27. Santiago Vergini, 29. Valentin Roberge;

Midfielders: 4. Liam Bridcutt, 6. Lee Cattermole, 7. Sebastian Larsson, 8. Jack Rodwell, 11. Adam Johnson, 14. Jordi Gómez, 18. Charis Mavrias, 23. Emanuele Giaccherini, 30. Will Buckley, 0. Alfred N’Diaye, 0. Cabral;

Strikers: 9. Steven Fletcher, 10. Connor Wickham, 17. Jozy Altidore, 19. Danny Graham, 41. Duncan Watmore

Doubts/Injuries: 2. Billy Jones (hamstring), 23. Emanuele Giaccherini (groin/pelvis), 27. Santiago Vergini (knock) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Sunderland 1-3 Manchester United

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