Man Utd v Sunderland: Battle of shaky defences

Sunderland have scored in their last seven league matches

Former red Steve Bruce brings his troops to Old Trafford this Saturday to face an injury ridden Manchester United side. The Black Cats, despite a major squad re-shuffle in the summer, are currently sitting in the bottom half of the Premier League table while United will still be setting their targets on regaining the top spot.

Sir Alex Ferguson is without Tom Cleverley and Daron Gibson who are both sidelined with ankle injuries and Chris Smalling and Ashley Young are also out due to toe injuries. Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen and Anderson all took knocks in the midweek Champions League match and are all doubtful to make the squad. After Rio Ferdinand started midweek and kept a clean sheet, we may see him and Nemanja Vidic rekindling their former great partnership. 

Bruce also has an injury nightmare as his regular starting goalkeeper Craig Gordon is injured and now his replacement, Simon Mignolet, also joins him on the sidelines. Kieren Westwood should, therefore, get his first league start under Bruce since signing from Coventry. John O’Shea is doubtful and Titus Bramble is unavailable having been suspended by the club.

Manchester United will be feeling confident after a hard fought win last week against Everton which was then followed up by a midweek win in the Champion’s League. However, it isn’t going to be entirely straightforward for The Red Devils as the squad has been severely hit with injuries. As a result Wayne Rooney has been playing in midfield for the last few games and although the Englishmen has done particularly well, Ferguson has admitted that it’s a temporary fix.

After a fairly disappointing start to Sunderland’s season, the Black Cats seem to have finally started to get going and will be eager to get a good result and look towards the top half of the Premier League table. However, Old Trafford is a very intimidating venue and as its United’s first home match after the ‘demolition derby’ they will definitely be setting out to make a statement.

Sunderland have scored in their last seven league matches and with United’s defence having a few issues lately it looks like there could be goals for both teams. Bearing in mind that United have scored in every league match so far this season and they will be looking for a big win in order to set the record straight.

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Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 04/11/2011 - 09:24 AM
Filed in:- Man Utd Betting News, Manchester United, Crystal Palace

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