Sir Alex Ferguson's side goes to the Stadium of Light knowing it needs three points to put the pressure on Manchester City on final day of Premier League season.
O’Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Bardsley
Gardner, Cattermole, Colback, McClean Sessegnon, Bendtner
Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra
Carrick, Scholes, Giggs
Valencia, Rooney, Young
Elsewhere, the more long-term concerns of Wes Brown (knee), Sebastian Larrson (hernia) and Kieran Richardson (groin) will see them all miss the end-of-season clash with the triumvirate all out for the rest of the campaign.
For Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has been dealt the blow that Chris Smalling will miss the game after requiring surgery on a groin injury that will see him miss the whole of Euro 2012.
Danny Welbeck also looks set to miss the game with an ankle injury. Nemanja Vidic (knee). Michael Owen (thigh), Anderson (hamstring) and Darren Fletcher (bowel condition) are all still receiving treatment on the sidelines.
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- Manchester United goes into the final game of the season knowing that even victory will not be enough for it to clinch the Premier league title, as it start the match eight points further back on goal difference to Manchester City.
Manchester United won the title last season with 80 points. A victory over Sunderland will see them finish with nine more on 89.
A potential tally of 89 points would be the highest ever accrued in Premier League history for a second-placed side.
With Manchester United currently on 86 points, this would have been enough to secure the league title in nine of the previous 20 Premier League seasons.
Ferguson’s side has currently won 12 games on its travels so far this term. Victory in the Stadium of Light would seal its 13th, equal to its best ever total, a feat which it matched in 1993-94, 1999-2000, 2001-02 and 2006-07.
In games in which Paul Scholes has scored, United remains unbeaten since a 2005 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League, winning 20 and drawing four.
Manchester United is unbeaten against Sunderland in the last 19 meetings between the two sides.
Sunderland has only ever beaten Manchester United once in the top flight in 21 attempts, with that win coming way back in 1997 when the club still played at Roker Park.
Martin O’Neill’s side is currently on a seven-match winless streak.
Three of the last give goals that the Mackems have conceded to Manchester United have been own goals.