Roy Keane will be reunited with former team mate Mark Hughes at the Stadium of Light. Whilst the managers have faced each other before, this will be the first time Roy does so with Hughes as City manager.

Following Keano’s “challenge” on Alf-Inge Haaland, he is set to be in for a rough reception. Whilst most are ignorant to the fact Keane didn’t end Haaland’s career, the City fans will certainly be up for it.

“Sparky’s teams are strong, tough and have a great will to win – they reflect the way he used to play football,” said Keane. “Maybe my personality rubs off on my team as well; I’m looking forward to a good old battle. Mark is proving to be a very, very good manager and City have big ambitions – but so have we. Maybe we can do better than last season, when City beat us twice.”

After struggling to beat Midtjylland this week, Keane might be right to be hopeful of a victory.

“I’d like it if we had played in Europe this week – you can’t complain too much because that’s a sign that you’re making progress,” he added. “City have had enough time to get back, had plenty of time to recover and prepare for Sunday, so there’ll be no excuses for both sides in terms of tiredness.”

Which former red is your money on? Keano or Sparky?