Sunderland v Manchester United
English Premier League
13th February 2016
Kick off: 12:45 pm BST
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Manchester United travel to Sunderland for a vital encounter in the Premier League later today.
Sunderland are fighting to beat the drop and will look to take advantage of Manchester United’s inconsistencies and the away side are chasing a Champions League finish.
Louis Van Gaal’s side are already playing catch up with the likes of Spurs and Arsenal and cannot afford to drop more points.
After a midseason slump, Manchester United have somewhat bounced back with a couple of impressive results.
As for Sunderland, the Black Cats snatched a very important point at Anfield last week, thanks to late goals from Adam Johnson and Jermaine Defoe.
Sunderland v Manchester United Team News
Duncan Watmore is expected to miss the fixture after coming off with an ankle injury in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool last weekend.
Adam Johnson has had his contract terminated by the club and with Watmore and Jeremain Lens out injured; Fabio Borini will start on the wing.
Billy Jones could miss out with a hip injury, which would potentially see DeAndre Yedlin come into the side.
Phil Jones suffered another set-back in his return from injury in a match for the Under-21’s and will miss out this weekend.
Adnan Januzaj and Guillermo Varela came off with injuries in the U21’s 7-0 win over Norwich and are doubts here.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are still recovering from their respective injuries.
Sunderland v Manchester United Starting Lineups
Sunderland starting lineup: Mannone; Kone, Yedlin, O’shea, Aanholt; Kirchhoff; Khazri, M’vila, Cattermole, Borini; Defoe
Manchester United starting lineup: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Fellaini, Carrick; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney
Sunderland v Manchester United Key Stats
Manchester United are undefeated in 24 of their last 26 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Sunderland are winless in their last four matches in the Premier League.
Manchester United have scored 5 goals without a reply in their last 2 matches against Sunderland in the Premier League.