Three ways Sunderland can beat Manchester United

Sunderland will look to move out of the Premier League’s bottom three for the first time since August when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

The Black Cats made a dreadful start to the campaign – a yearly occurrence now – by taking just two points from their first 10 matches, but things have improved since they recorded a 2-1 win at Bournemouth at the start of November.

David Moyes’ side have taken 12 points from their previous seven fixtures, including the 1-0 win against Watford at the Stadium of Light last weekend, to move up to 18th and within one point of safety as they look to avoid their seemingly perennial relegation battle at the end of the season.

They will certainly need to be at their very best if they are to pick up a win against the in-form United, who have won their last league games as Jose Mourinho appears to have finally found his preferred system and strongest starting XI.

Here are three ways that Sunderland can take all three points back to Wearside…