Date:Friday October 4 2013
Stadium of Light
Sat 5th Oct 2013
Sunderland take on the current Premier League champions Manchester United on Saturday and word is that we could be looking at giving them a shock.
United aren't the force they was under the leadership of the gum chewing machine and with the Black Cats upping their game since the departure of Paolo Di Canio, there is going to be a few quid placed on the home side at the bookies.
What with losing at home to West Brom and only managing a draw with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, the pressure is beginning to mount on new manager David Moyes to produce a result from this game so that they can begin to close the gap at the top of the table.
As for Sunderland, we are all only too aware that there has not been a league win so far this season although we are being told now that the players are much happier now Di Canio has gone, with temporary manager Kevin Ball installing some belief and confidence back into the players.
But the facts are that Sunderland have not beaten United in 16 years and that has been a total of 22 games.
Kevin Ball: "Fixtures do not come any harder than a game against Manchester United.
"We have to be on our game and do everything we can to make sure we come out with the best result for Sunderland."
Seb Larsson: "Man United have had a bit of a tricky start by their standards.
"The two teams are desperate for points for different reasons.
"I just hope we are the team which is going to come out on top."
Loan striker Fabio Borini is back in the squad after having to sit out the game against Liverpool as that is his parent club.
Steven Fletcher (dislocated shoulder), Wes Brown (calf) and Andrea Dossena (thigh) are all still out.
Sunderland (from): Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Wickham, Borini, Ji.
Always capable of turning a game with a bit of class and always ready to assist in both attacks and teeing up goals.
Wayne Rooney should start for Manchester United if he recovers from a shin injury although David Moyes is saying very little.
Rio Ferdinand (groin) and Tom Cleverley are both doubts.
Manchester United (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Young, Januzaj, Van Persie, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez.
You have to look at the Dutchman as a threat, if you don't you will pay the price. The lads know he is a born natural goal scorer, they just have to stop him from doing it.
Sunderland have not beaten Manchester United in the Premier League since March 1997, when they won 2-1 at home.
That is Sunderland's only victory over United in 24 Premier League meetings overall.
The highest-scoring match between the two clubs was a 5-3 United top-flight victory at Roker Park on Boxing Day in 1950.
Referee - Chris Foy.
Former FIFA-listed referee Chris Foy has been officiating in the Premier League since 2001 and has earned a reputation as one of the most respected referees in the game.
Assistants - A Garratt and S Burt.
Fourth Official - P Dowd.
I don't really see the lads being able to pull this one off even though my heart says go with a home win. I think 0-2 to United.
SAT 19 OCT 2013 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Swansea v Sunderland 15:00.
SUN 27 OCT 2013 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Sunderland v Newcastle 13:30.
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Date:Friday October 4 2013
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