Saturday 11 April 2009,
Stadium of Light
Sunderland lost 2-0 to West Ham in their last league match, the Black Cats' third straight loss and sixth straight match without a win.
In their last five, Sunderland have drawn one and lost four, picking up only one point from the fifteen on offer. Sunderland now sit 17th in the league, one point behind 16th Portsmouth and three points clear of 18th placed Newcastle.
Sunderland will be without Tainio, Anderson and Connolly for the match, whilst George McCartney may be fit.
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Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-2 in their last league outing, the Red Devils first win in three league matches.
In their last five, Man Utd have won three and lost two, picking up nine points from the fifteen on offer. Man United are currently first in the league, one point clear of second placed Liverpool with a game still in hand.
Manchester United will welcome back Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Nemanja Vidic from suspension. But the Red Devils will be without Johnny Evans, Dimitar Berbatov, Wes Brown, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves, with Rio Ferdinand and Rafael still doubtful.
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Manchester United defeated Sunderland 1-0 earlier this season at Old Trafford, whilst last season's Sunderland vs Manchester United fixture saw the Red Devils run out 4-0 victors.
After their 2-2 midweek draw with Porto in the Champions League, it would appear that Man Utd have not completely recovered from their recent drop in form, with their "fragile defence" exposed yet again.
Luckily for the Red Devils, Sunderland are currently experiencing their worst form of the season, picking up only two points from their last six matches.
With the return of Wayne Rooney to the side and with Ronaldo finding his form once again, Man Utd still possess a highly talented and dangerous attack. As such, in spite of their unconvincing performances of late - and further possible gaps in their back line - Manchester United look strong favourites to post victory over a very lacklustre Sunderland side.
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