Who would want to play United at Old Trafford on the 25th anniverary of Fergie taking over as manager. The crowd will be charged up, the manager will be charged up, and most worryingly for Sunderland, the players will be charged up – they want the celebrations to go with a bang rather than with a whimper!
It’s difficult to predict how United will line up. The past few games have been all about keeping clean sheets, to the extent where Wayne Rooney has been deployed as a hard-running midfielder, and the team don’t seem to have the ‘attack, attack, attack’ attitude of days gone by. Obviously this is a post-City hangover, and with Nemanja Vidic back in the centre of defence, the team is slowly starting to settle. We can still see Rooney dropping back into midfield for most of the game this Saturday though, with Chicharito forced to fend off the scraps up-front on his own.
It looks like Patrice Evra is going to miss the game because he is at his brother’s funeral (RIP brother Evra), which means that Fabio will be given a chance to excel at left-back. Given Patrice’s defensive perfromances so far this season, Fabio has a good chance of retaining the spot if he excels. That has to be some motvation!
Sunderland will be without United old-boy John O’Shea who is injured, but Old Trafford will welcome home Wes Brown. Sunderland have yet to impress so far this season, and if current form is anything to go by, it should be a relatively comfortable game for United.
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United are at a stingy 1.25 to win Paddy Power), with the bookies clearly thinking that Sunderland are in for a hiding. The bookies favourite score is a 2-0 United win, but we’re going to play safe by calling a 2-1 win (9.0 at Ladbrokes).
With everyone super-charged for the game, we expect United to be on the romp from the very first minute. With Chicharito able to grab a goal out of just about anything, we were tempted to be on him as first goalscorer, but are instead backing a United/United ht/ft at 1.67 (Bet Clic). Come on United!
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