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Sunderland v Manchester United preview – United aim to break more records

Sunderland v Manchester United
English Premier League
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Saturday 30 March, 2013
12:45 GMT

Manchester United will be looking to move 18 points clear of Manchester City in the title race, with a difficult away trip to Sunderland. City host Newcastle in the 3pm kickoff and with each game won, United will be ensuring that they don’t repeat last season’s mistake.

Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping for a solid win which will allow changes ahead of the FA Cup tie against Chelsea on Monday, you can expect almost two different teams playing the two games.


Sunderland Preview

Sunderland are currently in 15th place on the Premier League table, just four points clear of the relegation places. They seem to have struggled this season from a lack of goals with just 17 scored, which will not be helped by Steven Fletcher’s absence for this fixture.

Injuries and Suspensions

Fletcher misses out because of the ankle problem he suffered playing for Scotland against Wales. Wes Brown and Lee Cattermole have both been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee injuries while Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan are struggling to be fit with groin injuries.

If you’re going to bank on United dropping points due to team changes, the 3.9 for a draw looks a surer bet than a Sunderland win at 5.75.

Manchester United Preview

United go into this game hunting their 11th away win of the season, which will put them one step closer to taking the title back from City. They go into this match as the highest scoring away team in the Premier League and only two teams in City and Arsenal have conceded fewer goals on the road this season.

Injuries and Suspensions

Darren Fletcher is the only absentee at the moment ruled out for the rest of the season due to his bowel condition. Ferguson has said that Nani, Scholes and Jones may play a part in the weekend games, given that they’ve recovered from their respective injuries and have spent the international break building up their fitness levels.

Regardless of who plays, United will be favourites for the win. With United rotating their strikers and possibly aiming to field a stronger squad in the FA Cup replay, Javier Hernandez could start at the Stadium of Light and is a decent shout at 5.5 to score the first goal of the game.

Sunderland v Manchester United Stats

The biggest thing United have going in their favour for this match is the fact that Sunderland have only won seven matches throughout the season and have dropped points in 11 matches at home. In total they have conceded 32 goals, which means United should get chances. Last season Sunderland failed to win any of their last 8 games of the season – this is their 31st game of this season.

No team in the Premier League have won more games than United, as their current tally sits at an impressive 24. United have dropped points on just five occasions this season and have scored a staggering volume of goals, as they’re looking for at least goal number 70 in this match.

Head to Head: United have won two out of the last three meetings, both by 1-0 score lines.

Recent Form

Sunderland head into this game in poor form this month producing just two draws and a defeat from all matches in March. They also lost all three of their matches in February, with their last win coming against Wigan back on January 19.

United have produced a mixed bag from March so far with two wins, one draw and one defeat. However, those two wins have both come in the Premier League against Norwich City and Reading. United also had a perfect record in the league throughout February.

Sunderland v Manchester United Prediction

It’s difficult to see anything other than an away win here because of Sunderland’s poor form and their injuries. United have a chance to go one step closer to making their Premier League title official and an 18 point gap is too big a carrot for them to ignore.

Sunderland 0-2 Manchester United.

Back this score prediction at 7.25 with Bwin.


 

46 Comments

  1. zeroctrl says:

    draw or even a loss at this game would be acceptable if it means seeing off Chelsea on Monday.

  2. Mitch Kramer says:

    cheech and welbz then?

  3. kesman says:

    De Gea
    Rafael Vidic Evans Buttner
    Nani Scholes Ando Giggs
    Welbeck Chicharito

  4. Costas says:

    I think this game will be more tricky than people imagine. Especially since we’ll play a weakened side.

  5. roboo7 says:

    de gea
    rafael evans vida buttner
    nani anderson giggs young
    chicha welbeck

    good enough team to brush aside

    3-0 rooney to come on and score

  6. kanchelskis says:

    @Costas

    Not sure about that. I’m very rarely overly optimistic about games, but I think this one won’t present much of a challenge. Fletcher and Cattermole out for sure. And if Sessegnon and Vaughan don’t make it either, we’ll be up against a very weak and unfamiliar team. Even our second XI should do them comfortably, quite frankly.

  7. wayne says:

    Utd have a big edge over Chelsea with the games being close together.Chelsea are in a battle with Spurs and Gunners for that top 4 spot,Gunners have Reading at home and Southampton away is no gimme so FSW has to put out his best side for that game.I agree with kanchelskis Utd’s 2nd string team is still much better than Sunderland who are abysmal at the moment

  8. Costas says:

    @kanchelskis

    Hope you’re right! They are struggling to stay up and I am always cautious of facing teams of that predicament during this time of the season. Remember Wigan last year. Either way, as someone said above, I could live with us dropping points here if it means beating Chelsea. It will sound very greedy, but I don’t us to win just the Premier League this season.

  9. greenbank goalpost says:

    I would rather see a strong side to put the points in the bag. The next league game is City at home, if we could beat them that would go a little way to take away the sour taste that lingers in my mouth after last seasons loss to City.
    Would be great to beat Chelsea in the cup but rather take the three points. Wonder which Chelsea team will turn up on Monday…!

  10. wayne says:

    greenbank like i said Chelsea are in a predicament top 4 has to their priority and with Spurs and the Gunners breathing down their necks will have to put a full strength side out against Southampton.So one can expect FSW to sacrifice FA Cup for league position.He’s probably hoping to get early goals and make substitutions otherwise i’d expect the Chelsea side to face us to be the weakest of the two games.Chelsea don’t even have close to the depth of the Utd squad i expect Utd to beat Sunderland and the Rent Boys.

  11. Andromeda says:

    Tomorrow’s fixture against Sunderland and the Easter weekend against Chelsea kinda giving me goosebumps, I agree with you Costas though it sounds a bit tricky, I have nothing to say actually but this song from the spirit of 80s could do the job instead, everybody enjoy it;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVu1w1CYVBA

  12. mill says:

    Hope we turn up for both games !

  13. Unitedforeva says:

    We need to beat Chelsea on Monday. A point against Sunderland to me is ok.

  14. wayne says:

    Utd have lots of options not going to be difficult to field 2 completely different sides and both teams will still be strong
    mix and match anyway you want,Utd’s squad is very deep and even the ’2nd 11′ would be close to the top 4 in the prem

  15. Heywood Red says:

    Draw or a loss are you mad? We should go out to win both games not be happy with dropping points so we can win in FA cup. Got enough players to change it up a little for both games

  16. WeAreUnited says:

    @heywood red

    totally agree with you, it’s not that we are bolton, we are Manchester United and we go for the wins, would I be satisfied wit ha point at sunderland? hell no, we can’t get it all, but hell no.

    a loss to chelski? I will not be satisfied, but better get those 3 points from sunderland. we have a very strong squad and never a standard starting eleven so I don’t see the reason to panic and say get 1 point from sunderland or a loss is ok, cause we are up with 15points, I want 18 points!

    so I hope our next ttwo games statistic shows WW.

    peace.

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Fergie will be focused on Monday v Chelsea. But expect our B side is better than Sunderlands A selection, and by a margin.

    Anyone catch that bitter pile dung and professional waste of space Danny Mills on Sky Sports Radio. Has to rank with the poorest RBs that ever played for england, Danny, and invited on for ‘comment’ about Rio’s england ‘issue’. Right, you just knew that wouldn’t go well.

    Started out ok
    Then blamed Rio for basically not being man enough to still turn up for England . . . oh dear [me]
    Then proceeded to comment that the Montenegro game called out for the likes of JT . . Piss OFF [me]

    Sky just love to make up news, instead of delivering it. CLICK Pffft [me] :lol:

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Here’s a Good Friday football headline for ya:

    Port Vale 3 over Cheltenham Town 2

    A hat trick by Pope sealed the tie
    after Mohamed made of brief game of it.

    Neither Tom Pope nor Kaid Mohamed commented on the
    significance their duel at the top of league 2 ;)

  19. Bill Hick's Ghost says:

    Our squads more than capable of handling these 2 games. The players will be motivated at the thought of a domestic double! Sunderland will provide a decent challenge, but I fully expect the 3 points on Saturday. Chelsea is the tougher game obviously. Beat Sunderland, then worry about the rentboys.

  20. Lawman10 says:

    Mills was a wanker when he played, so not really shocked by his comments.
    Still a wanker.

  21. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Lawman10
    “Mills was a wanker … Still a wanker.”

    Got that right mate. Still fuming about that interview?

    Sky is literally trying to ruin Rio! Any other senior player who had to pull out we wouldn’t even hear about it. But Rio and it has to have an angle that sounds dire.

    Mark my words, there is an agenda here and it don’t look pretty either.
    Black man, smart, successful, not bad looking, well spoken, out spoken.
    Not your “keep it quite” and lilly while black man like Sol Campbell or Ash Cole mind.
    This successful black man has more caps (81) than
    1. Captain John Terry 78,
    2. Sol Campbell 73
    3. Tony Adams 66
    4. Martin Keown 43

    In other words, the most capped England CB of the last 30 years. And somebody doesn’t like it much at all. You don’t have to look far to realize it is someone really high up in the FA or media and they just think Rio will pay all their bills. It stinks.

  22. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 16:43: “Utd have lots of options not going to be difficult to field 2 completely different sides and both teams will still be strong”

    Exactly – the only “weakness” in the second eleven would be ButtNuts and whoever plays the CarrickRole unless SAF goes with TheGingerNinja against Dunderland.

  23. WeAreUnited says:

    why we soon have 20 titles and liverpool are stucked in the history.

    the mentality is huge, looserpools managers have a different approach.

    http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/85/england/2013/03/29/3863455/rodgers-alleged-suarez-punch-irrelevant-to-liverpool?source=breakingnews&ICID=HP_BN_1

    I bet my ass that when our players go out for internationals, the first thing SAF says to his players is, you represent Manchester United, so behave the way a United player should behave.

  24. King Eric says:

    Yeah I am not usually a fan of Sunderland away BUT they are fucking abysmal at present and cant buy a goal. Imo with our current squad I don’t consider we have a second string as such. Everyone in the squad is more than capable of getting results.

  25. King Eric says:

    Besides you just know fergie and the players will want to take Sunderland to the cleaners after the disappointment of final game of last season and the piss taking from the home fans.

  26. King Eric says:

    Denton. Oh I agree I am pretty sure Scholes will start tomorrow.

  27. roboo7 says:

    sunderlands fans make me laugh all they talk about is we support our local club and all that shit some kid earlier from sunderland saying about it to me could stop laughing

  28. wayne says:

    Thank fuck the International bollocks is over there’s 6 games on tv tomorrow my Easter Saturday is being a lazy ass on the couch
    Just need for Utd to start it right put me in a good mood for the day

  29. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    i disagree with the first comment. A draw or loss is unacceptable. We have to ram home this advantage. Cannot let city have any sniff at the title again. I just hope that whoever plays tomorrow, they put in a top performance and win the game early. I am confident that we can win this game.

  30. wayne says:

    as King Eric pointed out Utd don’t really have a second string just quality from top to bottom don’t see why anyone would think anything else but a win.Sunderland are crap with a full strength side and tomorrow by the sounds of it have problems.Sure there’s the occasional anomaly that’s the only way Utd lose tomorrow,99 out of 100 Utd’s,
    It’s normally the same lads every game who worry about Utd winning must be a superstition or something
    Every game is a potential banana skin but Utd have far superior players,Sunderland are under immense pressure Utd no pressure if Utd get a early goal could turn into a battering

  31. wayne says:

    i know a lot of lads think there’s no chance of Ronnie coming back to Utd but we live in an age of corporate sponsorship,teams and players alike so the article below makes sense to me

    http://sportwitness.ning.com/forum/topics/are-nike-pushing-ronaldo-to-manchester-united-to-cash-in-on-their

  32. wayne says:

    like i mentioned earlier Chelsea have very little depth and a busy schedule Utd should not lose the replay

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/southampton-vs-chelsea-crammed-week-1791771?

  33. roboo7 says:

    @ wayne
    nice link mate would be good to see that happening and it wont cost us saving united money for a midfielder we need.

  34. slim says:

    Missed scholes but sunderland looks a good game for him .
    Cattermole not playing takes away a ton of aggression.
    Fancy scholes and carrick. Gotta keep an eye on johnson though. He’s just quite gone on to live up to the talk around him but he’s one to watch out for
    Wonder if rio plays. Sky better gey a few more mics because there’ gonna be a few choice word, you csn bet.

  35. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 23:35: “i know a lot of lads think there’s no chance of Ronnie coming back to Utd but we live in an age of corporate sponsorship,teams and players alike so the article below makes sense to me.”

    Me, too. Imagine that – we’ve agreed twice in one day (actually three times – Sunderland are shite !)

  36. Marq says:

    News today linking us to another player, Thiago Alcantara of Barca. We were linked with him some time ago but he signed a new contract. But if the news is correct that he has a buyout clause of £25m, I think we should seriously consider it. If we were willing to spend this kind of money on Moura, this guy is definitely is a better choice

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEtXuclS6s

  37. Proverb says:

    @marq
    Awesome player, but I doubt it he’ll come here, if anything he’ll certainly stay at barca, he would be one big signing if he came, but as I said, its just media propaganda….

    He has got a bit of xavi + iniesta + gaucho in him, him kagawa, zaha, welbeck, chicha…. Would be really really a scary thought.
    Get him in sir alex asap

  38. chica chica says:

    3-0 win over Sunderland today to kick their asses for their humiliation last season.
    Chicha not likely to play due to the long flight back from Mexico.
    Welbeck more likely to start against his old club and pop a goal in.

  39. iced earth says:

    difficult game
    for me sunderlang game is more important than chelski game
    we must win and when shity come to us we will beat theme and it will be over

  40. iced earth says:

    team vs sunderland
    ddg
    rafa smalling evans evra

    nani carrick ando giggs
    welbeck

    rvp

    team vs chelski

    ddg
    jones rio vida evra

    valencia carrick tc young

    rooney

    chicharito

    but i am sure sir alex will surprise everyone

  41. King Eric says:

    Alcantara looks a great little player, scored that screamer against us pre season.

  42. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric, Here is a video of that goal, Nani and Owen for us. I remember being pleased about winning that, but preseason wins are nothing in the end. Think we had 2 or three meaningless preseason trophies that year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=zhH5o0V5pLg&NR=1

  43. King Eric says:

    Fletch – Cheers mate. Yeah I thought we would have a great season as we looked sharp pre season. Turns out we won fuck all! Great finish by Owen that night.

  44. wayne says:

    Bit of eye candy before the game lads

    http://whatculture.com/sport/30-sexiest-wags-of-2012.php

  45. mig78 says:

    It’ll be brilliant if Thiago signs for us but the boy has a buy-out clause in the region of 90 mil euro.

  46. mig78 says:

    http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/sunderland/live-commentary/live-commentary-sunderland-vs-manchester-united_76821.html

    MAN UNITED XI: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner; Valencia, Anderson, Carrick, Young; Kagawa; Van Persie

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