Sunderland v Manchester United Preview

The Hawthorns , West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland, Premier League 21/08/2010  Sunderland Manager, Steve Bruce Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
This afternoon Manchester United face Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light in their first (excluding the Community Shield match) three o’clock kick-off of the new season. Former Man United player, now Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will be looking for his first win over former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Man United go into the game off the back off a midweek Champions League win against Valencia. With Chelsea and Arsenal facing each other on Sunday, Man United will be looking to pick up all three points and put the pressure on both sides.

Sunderland have already beaten Man City this season and drawn against both Arsenal and Liverpool but Man United have lost none of their last 16 Premier League matches against the Black Cats.

Michael Turner, Anton Ferdinand and John Mensah have all been rated as doubtful, whilst Kieran Richardson, Frazier Campbell and David Meyler are all out. Craig Gordon is fit to play but he is expected not to be risked, in-form Simon Mignolet should keep his place in goal. On-loan striker Danny Welbeck is ineligible to play against his parent club Man United.

Wayne Rooney has declared himself fit after recovering from an ankle injury earlier than expected but he won’t be risked. Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are all definitely out injured, the game has come too early for Owen Hargreaves, who is regaining fitness. Anderson, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick will all face fitness tests ahead of the game.

Chris Foy has been appointed as referee, he took charge of United’s first Premier League game of the season- the 3-0 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford. He hasn't refereed any games involving Sunderland so far this season.

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