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Louis van Gaal's men slipped to defeat against the Swans on home turf last weekend but our tipster is backing the Red Devils to claim three points against the Black Cats on Sunday

After suffering a bitter blow on the opening day of the season, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United travel to Stadium of Light to take on Gustavo Poyet’s Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils were left reeling as they slumped to a shock 2-1 home reverse at the hands of Swansea City in the opening game of the Premier League campaign and, even at this early stage of the season, Van Gaal will know the importance of his side bouncing back against the Black Cats.

Despite the defeat against the Swans, Manchester United remain warm favourites to claim all three points this weekend, with William Hill offering just 3/4 (1.75) for an away win in Wearside.

The hosts, who claimed a battling 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, are available at 7/2 (4.50) with the same firm to cause further heartache for Van Gaal’s side, while William Hill go 11/4 (3.75) that this weekend’s tussle ends in stalemate.

Sunderland claimed notable scalps against Newcastle United and Manchester City on home turf in the top flight last term, while the Black Cats also got the better of this weekend’s visitors at Stadium of Light in the Capital One Cup back in January.

Those results, though, mask a largely disappointing home record that saw Gustavo Poyet’s men win just three of their last 13 Premier League matches in Wearside last season and Louis Van Gaal’s side are capable of hurting the Black Cats once again this weekend.

The form of newly-appointed captain, Wayne Rooney, is sure to offer encouragement to the former Netherlands manager ahead of this weekend’s clash and the 4/1 (5.0) quote from William Hill for Rooney to score first is tempting here.

However, the 21/20 (2.05) quote from William Hill for the England striker to find the net at any time offers outstanding value, especially when it is considered that Rooney has scored six goals in his last five appearances for Manchester United.

Therefore, punters are encouraged to snap up the generous 21/20 (2.05) quote offered up by William Hill for Rooney to find the net at any time against the Black Cats on Sunday afternoon.

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