thumbnail Hello,

Premier League

  • March 30, 2013
  • • 8:45 AM
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 43760

Premier League Preview: Sunderland - Manchester United

Martin O'Neill's side has not tasted victory since January, and it will take on the league-leading Red Devils, who are seeking their sixth straight clean sheet in league play.



Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Rose

Johnson, Larsson, N'Diaye, McClean

De Gea
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra

Carrick, Giggs
Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa

Sunderland's survival hopes were dealt a significant blow this week after it was confirmed that both Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole would miss the rest of the season.

Fletcher is the Black Cats' top scorer with 11 league goals this season, and the attacking burden will now fall upon January signing Danny Graham.

Stephane Sessegnon is expected to return from a groin injury and is likely to support Graham in a 4-4-1-1 formation. David Vaughan (groin) should be available, but Carlos Cuellar (ankle) is a doubt and Wes Brown (knee) is injured.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, could ring the changes ahead of his side's FA Cup quarterfinal replay against Chelsea on Monday.

Chicharito is likely to start in attack, but Ferguson may not risk resting both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Nani (hamstring), Paul Scholes (knee) and Phil Jones (ankle) are nearing returns after spells on the sidelines but this match may come too soon for them.

  • Steven Fletcher has scored a third of Sunderland's 33 league goals so far this season, a larger percentage than Robin van Persie has contributed for Manchester United (28 percent).
  • While the Black Cats have struggled to score goals, only Stoke has a better defensive record among clubs currently lying in the bottom half of the Premier League.
  • Sunderland beat Manchester City both this season and last at the Stadium of Light but have not toppled United on home turf in the top flight since 1997.
  • Adam Johnson's performances since his move from Manchester City have often come under scrutiny this season, but the winger has created more chances (44) than any of his teammates in 2012-13.
  • Having collected 74 points from 29 games, Manchester United remains on course to break Chelsea's record Premier League points tally of 95.
  • Despite suffering slip-ups in the FA Cup and Champions League, United has kept clean sheets in five consecutive league matches.
  • Left back Patrice Evra (pictured right) has played more minutes (2,430) than any other United player in the league this season.
  • No player in the top flight has hit the woodwork more than van Persie this season. The Dutchman has been denied by a post or the crossbar seven times.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


Manchester United


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Manchester United FC MUN
Manchester United FC Manchester United

Top 3 Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN
Sunderland AFC SUN
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MUN
Sunderland AFC SUN
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN