Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland take on Premier League giants Manchester United in a crucial game week 26 encounter at the Stadium of Lights on Saturday afternoon. It is a vital match for Louis van Gaal’s outfit as they are lagging behind in the points table compared to the top 4 teams which include Leicester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City. The Red Devils are currently 6 points behind 4th placed Manchester City.
Also, this match’s result will leave a huge impact on Louis van Gaal’s future at the club as rumours of Jose Mourinho taking over is already floating. A loss or draw tonight will realistically end Manchester United’s dream of finishing among the top 4.
On the other hand, Sunderland are struggling at the bottom of the league table with just 20 points from 25 matches. They are just 4 points above rock-bottom side Aston Villa. Allardyce will definitely want at least a point from this encounter.
Here are lineups of both the teams:
Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney
Manchester United Subs: Romero, Love, Weir, Pereira, Herrera, Memphis, Keane.Sunderland Starting XI:
Sunderland Starting Xi: Mannone, Yedlin, O’Shea, Kone, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, N’Doye, Defoe
Sunderland Subs: Brown, Rodwell, Borini, Matthews, Pickford, Toivonen, Honeyman