Sunderland Manchester United Predictions: Line Ups, Scores & More

Sunderland go into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Leicester at the King Power midweek, Moyes' Red and White army also lost 1-0 at Vicarage Road to Watford on Saturday. United come into the game struggling to score and after a midweek 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford, but only thanks to a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty. 


Team News: 

Sunderland: 
Sunderland will have Victor Anichebe available after he came off the bench midweek as well as Lee Cattermole who started the Foxes clash. John O'Shea will be unavailable due to the death of his father, he is in Ireland with family, he missed the midweek fixture too. Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj will be ineligible against his parent club consequently, Fabio Borini is likely to feature as well as a possible chance for Tunisian Wahbi Khazri. 

Jan Kirchhoff, Steven Pienaar and Duncan Watmore are long term injuries and will not play for sometime. Ex United man Paddy McNair is also a long term injury for the Black Cats. You can find a full preview of today's line up here.

Manchester United:
Antonio Valencia is likely to return after he was rested, Paul Pogba is also likely to start after coming on as a substitute midweek. Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are all injured so will not feature. Wayne Rooney will also face a fitness test while Ashley Young is unlikely to pass a fitness test and may not travel. Luke Shaw is likely to start at left back in place of the injured Young. 

Previous Meetings:
Earlier this season, the two sides met at Old Trafford, a 3-1 defeat for the visitors; two spectacular goals that day from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the a consolation from Fabio Borini. 
Last season, Sam Allardyce's Sunderland won 2-1 at home in a miraculous escape from relegation thanks to goals from a Wahbi Khazri free kick and then a David De Gea own goal from a Lamine Koné header. In 2013/14, Sunderland won at Old Trafford in the 'Great Escape', a 1-0 victory thanks to Seb Larsson's volley which was assisted by Connor Wickham. 

That same season Sunderland beat United in the Capital One Cup semi finals to get to Wembley. It was a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light for Sunderland in the 1st leg with Fabio Borini's penalty winning it after a Ryan Giggs own goal put the Wearsiders in front. The 2nd leg ended 2-1 to United after extra time, a Jonny Evans header took the tie there only for Phil Bardsley to all but send Sunderland to Wembley, Javier Hernandez scored straight from the restart taking the semi to penalty kicks. 

Marcos Alonso and Ki scored their penalties. Despite Craig Gardner, Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson all missing, United missed 3 spot kicks; Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Phil Jones but Darren Fletcher scored his. Rafael then had his saved by Mannone, sending Sunderland to Wembley. 

Referee: Craig Pawson

My Predictions: 

Lineups:
Sunderland: 
Pickford, Jones, Koné, Denayer, Oviedo, Ndong, Gibson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Borini, Defoe

Manchester United:
De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Blind, Pogba, Herrera, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Ibrahimovic 

Score Prediction:
Sunderland 0-2 Manchester United 

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