An inspiring 4-0 victory against Norwich last week showed that Manchester United can still attack despite being forced to defend under former manager David Moyes. Interim player-manager Ryan Giggs will surely look forward to his second game in charge as he aims for another victory to keep the fans smiling. The win last week gives the Red Devils four wins and two loses from their last six games and they will need the wins in order to keep pace with Tottenham as they battle for the Europa League spot. Giggs will likely keep his previous formation intact with a 4-4-2 formation that seems to get the best out of his players last weekend. A possible change for the match against Sunderland might come in the form of a start for Juan Mata, who scored two goals coming on as a substitute in place of Tom Cleverley in midfield. Robin van Persie is still a doubt but could possibly make a start on the bench with the Dutch striker maybe given some playing time in order to get back to full fitness.
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Alonso, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Larsson, Borini, Wickham
Sunderland are in the midst of the relegation battle but have won two consecutive games to move into 17th place. A recent 4-0 win over Cardiff at the weekend and a huge 2-1 victory over Chelsea give Gus Poyet a little bit of breathing room as he once again prepares for another challenge. Before their two wins, they even managed to grab a vital point against Manchester City, so there is no putting off the Black Cats at the moment. Since Poyet’s side are currently on a very good run of form, he would refrain from making any changes as he begins to find a working formula right when he needs it most. Two notable injury concerns come in the form of Steven Fletcher who is out with an ankle injury and Sung-Yueng Ki who is current nursing a knee injury.
— Ameya NaikSatam (@i_am_ameya) April 29, 2014
Sunderland going for Manchester United 😀
— ѕυpreмacy jυnə12 (@TaylorThato) April 29, 2014
WE GO AGAIN, EXACTLY THE SAME! Manchester United 0-4 Sunderland (Wickham x2, Borini pen, Giaccherini)
— Benji (@BenSAFC87) April 27, 2014
Sunderland knocked Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup in a very dramatic match earlier this season, but this time, with some changes in the Red Devils management, they will sure face the Black Cats with revenge in mind.
Wayne Rooney looked to be back to his best under interim manager Ryan Giggs after scoring two goals against Norwich and he can do even more damage given his recent form. The England striker has already proven his ability to shine in all aspects of the game, scoring and providing goals in attack as well as doing his defensive duties at the back.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland: An Alternative Preview
Manchester United have won 10 and lost none of their 12 Barclays Premier League home games against Sunderland (D2).
The Black Cats are without a win in 23 league games against the Red Devils overall, taking just five points in total in that spell (D5 L18).
Adnan Januzaj scored a brace on his first ever Premier League start in this season’s reverse fixture with Sunderland (2-1 to Manchester United).
After nine Premier League games without a win, Sunderland have won their last two.
Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last five Premier League appearances, with the six goals coming in three braces.
Gus Poyet’s side have scored in all but one of their last 10 away league games.
Sunderland have taken seven points against the top four this season; more than Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool and level with Man City.
Connor Wickham was the top scoring Premier League player in April with five goals.
Wickham has scored five goals in his three PL appearances after netting just one in his first 37 top-flight outings.
Sunderland have won only six of 28 Premier League games played in May.