Manchester United vs Sunderland 02/28/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Sunderland vs Manchester United
Saturday 28th February 2015 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Manchester United 9/25 Draw 9/2 Sundereland 9/1 See the Latest Odds
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Manchester United take on Sunderland in Old Trafford on Saturday with alot of pressure piling on the shoulders of Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal has also received bad news this week that Robin Van Persie looks likely to be out for a month through injury. This though in a strange way could be a blessing in disguise, it will allow Van Gaal to give Falcao the game time the Colombian needs to rediscover his brilliance in front of goal. With Manchester United returning to Old Trafford the confidence should return as well with United having won eleven of their last thirteen home games. Di Maria, Mata and Ashley young should provide the width for the team if Van Gaal goes with a more conventional 4-4-2 with Rooney just behind Falcao I think United could be in for a very successful run of form but it must start tomorrow against a resolute Sunderand defence.
Sunderland have been tough to beat lately and have had a measure of success on the road of late. Gus Poyet's team are well coached and will go to Old Trafford to play for a draw and to hit Manchester United on the counter attack using the pace of Johnson, Larrson, Defoe and Wickham. The Black Cats are captained by former Manchester United defender John O'Shea and you can be guaranteed O'Shea will be up for this game, as he always is when he returns to Old Trafford. If Sunderland can get some more goals from Defoe who just signed in the January transfer window then Sunderland are going to cause problems for teams.
I'm taking both teams to score. Manchester United's defence has been anything but impressive of late and have conceded in four of their last five home games and four of their last five overall. Sunderland have looked more potent with Defoe up front but will they be able to score enough to get the win here in Manchester? Probably not.