Wayne Rooney

Manchester United travel to Sunderland as the Red Devils look to get their season back on track after a woeful start to their Premier League campaign.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:30pm BST. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Sunderland need some inspiration to turn their season around. The Black Cats are currently bottom of the league with one point, having failed to win a single game so far. Paolo Di Canio was sacked following the run of results and assistant Kevin Ball has been appointed as caretaker to deputise until a new manager is appointed.

Their last game in the league ended in a 3-1 loss to Liverpool with a brace from Luis Suarez extending their losing streak in the league to four on the trot. However, Sunderland have a great chance to gain confidence against a depleted Manchester United side who are struggling for form. A win here will take them forward psychologically and give their season a kick-start.

Manchester United are yet to come to terms with their new manager and have been in dismal form in the league until now. The absence of Sir Alex Ferguson is evident, with Moyes' new look side having secured only seven points from a possible 18 and are eight points behind league leaders Arsenal. Should they lose against Sunderland, this will be their third defeat on the trot in the league, having previously lost against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

However, Moyes will take heart from the Red Devils returning with a point from Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, a difficult place for English teams to visit. Rooney, United's best player, is likely to be available for the game after missing out on the trip to Ukraine.

What the Managers Say

Kevin Ball: "We agreed about doing the Manchester United game. Then I said, obviously, that I'd like to know what is going to happen after that. I think it's important that we all know. If a new man comes in, he needs that period of time to sort things out. If it's me that takes over, I need that time to do what I want to do."

David Moyes: "It's a good club - I'm sure they know they have picked the right man for the job. Sir Alex was part of that process as well."

Form Guide


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L L L
    • Last Result: Sunderland 1 - 3 Liverpool

Manchester United

    • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): D L W L W
    • Last Result: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United

Team News


Injured: Wes Brown (calf), Andrea Dossena (thigh), Steven Fletcher (shoulder)

Doubtful: N/A

Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Westwood; Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback; Larsson, Ki, Cattermole, Johnson; Giaccherini; Altidore.

Manchester United

Injured: Darren Fletcher (illness), Rio Ferdinand (groin)

Doubtful: N/A

Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra; Fellaini, Carrick; Nani, Rooney, Welbeck; Van Persie