Sunderland vs. Manchester United: Premier League – Match Preview

Manchester United travel to face rock bottom Sunderland on Sunday with the two sides needing points for differing reasons.

Sunderland are without a goal in six games and were beaten 2-0 away at the champions Leicester City in the week.

Goals from Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy secured a comfortable win for an improving Leicester team.

Manchester United were held at Old Trafford again, needing a late equaliser to draw with Everton on Tuesday evening.

Phil Jagielka opened the scoring, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s added time penalty extending United’s unbeaten run.

Enhanced match odds

Manchester United to beat Sunderland: 5/1 with 888 Sport*

Manchester United to beat Sunderland: 7/1 with Paddy Power*

Premier League form: Sunderland W0 D1 L4; Manchester United W2 D3 L0
Premier League top scorers
Sunderland – Jermain Defoe 14 goals
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic 16 goals

Match history
Manchester United eased to a 3-1 win when the pair met earlier in the season, with Henrik Mkhitaryan scoring a superb acrobatic effort.

The fixture last season saw Sunderland stun United, winning 2-1, a victory that helped them survive in the top flight.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester United 3 Sunderland 0 – 26/12/16
Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1 – 13/02/16
Manchester United 3 Sunderland 0 – 26/09/15
Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0 – 28/02/15
Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1 – 24/08/14

Under 2.5 goals – 43/40 with Bet 365

Team news
Adnan Januzaj is ineligible to face his parent club, meaning Victor Anichebe is likely to return to the team.

John O’Shea missed the defeat to Leicester for personal reasons and his availability is debatable here.

Paul Pogba is set to return to the starting XI on Sunday after returning from the bench in the draw with Everton.

Wayne Rooney remains out injured, along with the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata.

Expected starting XI’s
Sunderland (4-3-3): Pickford; Jones, Kone, Denayer, Oviedo; Ndong, Gibson, Cattermole; Borini, Defoe, Anichebe
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Blind; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Ibrahimovic

Predictions

Result: Manchester United (7/1 with Paddy Power)*

Correct Score: 0-1 (13/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Paul Pogba (11/4 with Betfred)

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