Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sunderland vs Manchester United
Competition: English Premier League
Match date: 24 August 2014
Kick Off Time: 16:00 BST
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland 

The hosts recorded a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich last weekend taking an early lead but then falling behind before a Seb Larsson equalizers late on salvaged a point. . Last year, Sunderland have pulled off one of the great Premier League escapes from relegation and knocked United out of the Capital One Cup.
Gus Poyet will welcome defenders Billy Jones and Santiago Vergini back into his squad. Jordi Gómez could be hoping for a starting berth after coming off the bench last time out while Steven Fletcher is expected to lead the line. Adam Johnson and Connor Wickham occupied the wide roles last week, and could keep their places, though Charalampos Mavrias and new signing Will Buckley offer alternative options. Giaccherini, who continues his recovery from a groin injury, is the only absence for the Black Cats.
Louis van Gaal didn’t have the dream start he was hoping in his debut match against Swansea City at Old Trafford as  Red Devils were defeated 1:2. The Dutch manager has admitted his players lack confidence and even worse his squad looks dangerously lacking in depth.
New-signing Marcos Rojo could make his debut after signing for United on Wednesday as Jesse Lingard is unlikely to feature after limping out of Saturday’s curtain-raiser, while Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick are injured. Ander Herrera has been ruled out through injury, meaning Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher could be paired together in central midfield. Robin van Persie is expected to play only a part while Fellaini will be ruled out for two weeks. Jonny Evans could be fit to return in time to play and replace the yuong Blackett.
United won ten of 19 Premier League road trips last season and they accumulated more points on their travels than they managed at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were beaten in the first leg of a League Cup semi final on this ground last season but they have not lost a league game at Sunderland since 1997.

Probable lineups Sunderland: Mannone – Roberge, Brown, O’Shea, van Aanholt – Cattermole – Johnson, Larsson, Rodwell, Wickham – Fletcher
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Jones, Smalling, Rojo – Valencia, Herrera, Carrick, Shaw – Mata – Rooney, Welbeck

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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