Sunderland are at the bottom of the table with only one point from 6 matches.
They are still without a manager and desperately need a win. The Black Cats have lost five of their six league games in this season. They have the worst defense in the league with 14 conceded goals. Caretaker manager Kevin Ball will be without the injured defenders Wesley Brown, Phil Bardsley and Andrea Dossena, who are long term absentee. The striker Steven Fletcher will be sideline for around four weeks after suffering a shoulder injury couple of weeks ago.
The last year’s champions Manchester United are also in the crisis, but no so desperate as Sunderland. They are currently on the 12th place on the table after the last two defeats against West Bromwich Albion at home and Manchester City. The coach David Moyes is under big pressure after the convincing defeat to the city rivals Manchester City, and a home defeat last Saturday. The fans hope that Manchester United will avoid a third successive league defeat in Sunderland this Saturday.
Manchester United played draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League second round. The coach David Moyes confirmed that Rooney, who missed that game through injury, will be back in the team against Sunderland. The defender Rio Ferdinand is expected to be fit enough to return to the United’s team for the trip to Sunderland after also missed the international match against the Ukrainian side. Tom Cleverley may retain his place in the starting eleven after completing 90 minutes in Ukraine.
Manchester United are undefeated in their last 19 matches against Sunderland in all competitions. In the last four league matches in Sunderland, Manchester have four identical wins and a draw.
Looking at the statistics, the home team have a little chance for good results against Manchester United and I expect a guests’ win.