Sunderland vs Manchester United 08/24/2014 Free English Premier League Pick and Preview
Sunderland (0-1-0) Manchester United (0-0-1)
Sunday 24th August 2014 16:00(GMT)
The Line: Sunderland 7/2 Draw 11/4 Manchester United 4/5 See the Latest Odds
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Last weekend Sunderland played very well to come away from West Bromwich Albion with a point. The black cats have struggled to attract players in the off season and Gus Poyet has cut the image of a frustrated manager as he struggled to get in players he wants and feels Sunderland needs. With some quality throughout the squad there is no doubt on their day Sunderland can cause problems for anyone. Fletcher, Altidore, Larsson are all game winners on their day and the addition of Jack Rodwell could be a great move taking the former Everton prodigy is pretty much now or never.
Manchester United started the season with a loss at home for the first time in 30 odd years, the Louis Van Gaal era is off to a bad start and although Wayne Rooney came up with a terrific individual goal more will be expected of the new Manchester United captain. Though the blame for last week's loss will lie with the defence who underperformed again and while United may add players their strength in depth at the position will be questioned for the coming months especially having allowed Evra and Ferdinand. There is a huge amount of attacking talent in this squad though with Rooney, Wellbeck, Van Persie, Mata and Herrera.
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Having gone against the defences last week in Manchester United's game I am going to continue the trend. I think that overall we see both teams here are stronger offensively. Manchester United will be desperate for a win but Sunderland will not be scared of this United team who need to win some games to get that fear factor back. Take the overs and follow me on Twitter @antonpippo