Manchester United take on Sunderland in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday, and the match will hold immense significance to the United players and coaching staff as they will remember the taunting they received from the Black Cats fans in the last match of last season when the noisy neighbors Manchester City pipped them to the title on goal difference in the final minute of the season. That match holds so much significance to the United players that England international and United talisman Wayne Rooney has promised Sunderland fans will go through hell when they travel to Manchester to take on The Red Devils, adding that this was one match that he was looking forward to from the very beginning of the season after City, Everton and Liverpool.
United have several good news waiting for them as skipper Nemanja Vidic is certain to play in the match and shore up the leaky defense of United that has conceded almost 40 goals in all competitions through the season. With Jonny Evans expected to be sidelined for some span of time, the return of Vidic is set to be a welcome boost for Sir Alex Ferguson as he looks to plug the leaky defense. Goal scoring has not been a problem for United this season but the leaky defense has been constantly pegging back the team in matches, even against the smaller sides this season.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have been hitting their best form and that can be a deadly predicament for Martin O’Neill and his Sunderland side. Tom Cleverley and Michale Carrick are also set to get a starting berth along with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the wings. Shinji Kagawa, the new summer signing is also expected to play some part in the match after returning from injury and he might be called on for some match action in the second half.
With Anderson and Nani out till the end of the busy Christmas period, the return of Kagawa will boost the fragile midfield of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and although it has performed in patches, the presence of a fresh pair of legs might just add more steam to the midfield. But there is one doubt surrounding the goalkeeping position and one needs to wait and watch if Sir Alex goes for Anders Lindegaard or Spanish youngster David de Gea in goal for the match.