New-boy Anthony Martial will be looking to continue his fine start in Manchester United colours as the second-placed Red Devils welcome the Premier League’s bottom club to Old Trafford on Saturday.
The £36m Frenchman has scored four times in his first three games for the club, and Wayne Rooney also ended his domestic goal drought with a strike in the 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Ipswich in midweek.
The hosts have problems in defence, however, particularly at left-back; Luke Shaw is out with a broken leg and Marcos Rojo has a hamstring strain. Paddy McNair is also out, but Phil Jones has recovered from thrombosis which could allow Danny Blind to fill the vacancy.
Sunderland have not won any of their first six games for the third season in a row; in the past two campaigns a late revival has saved them and it is looking like Dick Advocaat’s beleaguered Black Cats may have to rely on that again.
Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell are doubtful for the trip to Old Trafford, whilst Younes Kaboul is back after serving his suspension in the 4-1 home thumping by Manchester City on Tuesday.
Sunderland have beaten Manchester United just once in the previous 26 meetings between the two teams – a 1-0 win in May 2014 – and are desperate for points to avoid getting cut adrift at the foot of the table.
League Position: Manchester United – 2nd, 13pts; Sunderland – 20th, 2pts
Last Meeting: Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland (February 28, 2015)
Form: Manchester United – WWDLWW; Sunderland – LLDDLL
Key Men: Manchester United – Anthony Martial; Sunderland – Yann M’Vila.
Shoot Says: Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland