Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone, Brown, Roberge, O’Shea, Van Aanholt, Cattermole, Johnson, Larsson, Rodwell, Wickham, Fletcher
Sunderland scored late last weekend to draw 2-2 against West Brom, earning the Black Cats a fine away point heading into their match against Manchester United. Santiago Vergini is however a doubt for the clash, picking up a minor knock against the Baggies. Roberge could therefore deputize with former Man United defender John O’Shea at centre-back, pushing Wes Brown to the right. Taylor Fletcher will lead the Sunderland line, with Jozy Altidore as back-up on the bench.
Manchester United (3-5-2): De Gea, Blackett, Smalling, Jones, Young, Herrera, Fletcher, Januzaj, Mata, Rooney, Van Persie
Manchester United looked too have stepped away from their poor form in their last campaign with an amazing pre-season, but have been brought back to reality by Swansea, who beat them 2-1 at Old Trafford. The loss could force coach Louis van Gaal to consider his options and revert to a normal four-man back-line, but the gaffer is more than confident his formation work in the Premier League. Returning World Cup star Robin van Persie is also set to make his return this Sunday, especially after the Red Devils’ dismal result last time round.
— fergie kid (@fergiekid) August 21, 2014
He may be Manchester United’s Player of the Year last season, but David De Gea will want to forget this blunder against Sunderland!
Sunderland vs. Manchester United: An Alternative Preview
Sunderland's win at Old Trafford in May ended a run of 23 Premier League games against Manchester United without a win.
Manchester United have conceded just two goals in their last seven trips to the Stadium of Light in the Premier League.
Wayne Rooney has scored 81 Premier League away goals, only six short of Alan Shearer's all-time record.
Manchester United ended the 2013-14 season with exactly the same away record as Chelsea and Manchester City (W10 D4 L5)
After assisting a goal in each of his opening three Premier League appearances for Manchester United, Juan Mata has assisted only one more in 13 games for them.
Sunderland have scored at least once in 10 of their last 11 Premier League games.
The Black Cats have won four of their last six league games, including victories against Chelsea and Manchester United.
Manchester United have lost 13 Premier League games since September 1 last year.
Adnan Januzaj has assisted only one goal in his last 14 Premier League appearances.
Sebastian Larsson's goal on the opening day equalled his haul in both 2013-14 and 2012-13. He scored seven times in his first season for Sunderland.