Manchester United vs Sunderland 05/03/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Manchester United Sunderland
Saturday 3rd May 2014 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Manchester United 2/5 Draw 7/2 Sunderland 6/1 See the Latest Odds
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Manchester United will look to continue the momentum thats started to build with the temporary appointment of Ryan Giggs as player/manager. Old Trafford seen one of the best Manchester United displays of the season last week against Norwich although to be fair the first half was not vintage United, there was mistakes and definite times when United over complicated things. While Ryan Giggs may not get the job on a full time basis there is no doubt this short period in charge has thus far been successful and is doing Giggs no harm for when he does go into full time management. I'm also certain that this taste of a time in charge at Manchester United will whet the appetite for Giggs for the future. Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa were all terrific against Norwich and given that Sunderland will probably play a similar style of defensive football in Old Trafford tomorrow it will be interesting to see if United can use the space as well this week. Look for Wellbeck and Hernandez to split time up front with Rooney and Nemanja Vidic, the united captain to lead by example at the back in his second last game in Old Trafford.
Sunderland's win last weekend lifted them above Norwich and out of the relegation zone but only two points seperate the bottom four clubs and while Sunderland have had two terrific results in the last two weeks that alone will not be enough to survive. Sunderland simply must pick up three of four more points from their remaining three games. No doubt Gus Poyet will go to Manchester and be content to come away with a point. He has found his go to man in Conor Wickham who's recall from a loan spell has looked inspired as Wickham has netted four goals in the last three games aand Sunderland have won two and drawn the other one. Those wins were over Chelsea and Cardiff and the draw at Manchester City. Terrific results for the bottom club at the time.
No reason to think that Sunderland can not give United a good game tomorrow and I think the overs look a great shout here. United played the second half with an open freedom that was good to finally see as a weight seemed to be lifted from the team and the club overall when David Moyes was let go. I dont think that's a reflection on Moyes himself but more that the season was such a disaster a change was needed. Sunderland have looked dangerous on the counter and Wickham, Borini will fancy their chances of giving United a good game. Take the over and follow me on twitter@antonpippo