David Moyes takes his United side to the Stadium of Light today aiming to avoid a third successive league defeat for the first time since the 2001/02 season.
With Rio Ferdinand and Anderson rumoured to be the two first team players left behind, Moyes will no doubt have a different starting eleven to the one that lost at Old Trafford to West Bromwich Albion last week.
Although United are currently in the bottom half of the table, a win against Sunderland – who are rooted to the foot of the Premier League could well provide the catalyst to get the Reds season well and truly on track.
Possible line up:
David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Wayne Rooney, RVP.
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