Possible Manchester United starting lineup vs Sunderland

Possible Manchester United starting lineup vs Sunderland


Manchester United will welcome a revitalised Sunderland side to Old Trafford this Saturday, with Ryan Giggs looking to extent his 100% record as manager, albeit having only been in charge for one game so far!


Giggs enjoyed a dream start to what will surely be a brief stint in charge at the club against Norwich City last weekend, with the Red Devils coming out comfortable 4-0 winners.

Now, the interim man will be looking to get the better of Gus Poyet and his battling Black Cats, who are unbeaten in their last three fixtures, during which time they became the first side to best Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at home for 77 matches.

Manchester United Team News:


Defence: Giggs went with experience over youth for the win over Norwich, partnering Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand together in the heart of the United defence, and the Welshman could well stick with this tried and tested combination.

Phil Jones could also retain his spot on the right, if Rafael fails to recover from injury in time.

Midfield: The combination of Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick may remain for Sunderland’s visit, with┬áMarouane Fellaini set to miss out once again.

I fully expect Juan Mata to start the game, with the Spaniard having been introduced as a substitute in the win over Norwich and grabbing a cool brace.

Antonio Valencia came in for heavy criticism for his basic wing-play in the Norwich win, but with fellow right winger Nani rather marginalised of late, the Ecuadorian could get a chance to redeem himself on the weekend, with Kagawa remaining on the left, his partnership with Mata having looked excellent recently.

Attack: Robin van Persie may make the squad after returning to full training following a knee injury, but could start on the bench, while Wayne Rooney missed training on Thursday, and is now a doubt for the game.

Danny Welbeck started the last match, but could be deployed on the wings of Rooney is fit to play.

Check out the possible lineup:

Prediction: 3-1

United will get past Gus Poyet’s side, but considering the confidence flowing through the relegation battlers, expect things to remain tight throughout.

What do you think? agree with the lineup? What are your predictions for the match? Let me know in the comments below…

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  1. I want play these xi

    degea, rafael, jones, evans, buttner, valencia, carrick, mata, januzaj, kagawa, rvp

  2. i hope ths should be saturdy’line up
    degea,jones,vida,ferdinand,evra,carrick,fletcher,nani,kagawa,mata,vanpersie/chicharto if rooney z nt fit

  3. I agree but for me cleversly should be bench. Kagawa should played in his place with carrick.

  4. Degea
    van persie or chicharito

    i got news rooney got injured and rvp return.

  5. The lineup is ok but cleverley shod not start da game..He ddt even play well in da last game..

  6. plz use 4-4-3
    d defense is a little bit okay bt der midfield kindly use nani,kagawa,mata,januzaj nd striker use chicharito nd v.persie

  7. Degea
    rvp nd chichatito

  8. Why you never put Januzaj on line ups, I don’t agree with you, you make the worst possible line up !!

  9. If Rooney Iz Out, Then The Little Pea I.e Chicharito Shud Step In Bt Not Welbeck Coz I Dont See Any Rsn Why Welbeck Is Prefered To Chicha Yet He Has Poor Finishing Abilities.

  10. cleverly shd be benched en reward kagawa en mata with starts coz their movement n ability to pass can indirectly fill that role

  11. His is the really possible xi. 4~4~2. De Gea. Rafeal jones vidic evra. Carrick fletcher. Valnciea. Kagawa. Mata wellbeck

  12. I think Valencia played a very dinamic game against Norwich. He was involved in 2 goals. Him and Kagawa produced some fine football.

  13. Starting line up. Defence; Jones, vidic, evans, evra, midfield: valencia, carrick, fletcher, kagawa, attack: mata behind van persie..

  14. Why not play Januzaj he is most important but i not understand if man utd wont to not lose Januzaj he meef do play such pogba he will go at barcelona or psg or bayern maybe man utd politic is to tramp januzaj with cavani in that case.is most bad drsision for man utd.

  15. As i see i think Kagawa’s form iz better than that of Cleverly so Kagawa is a better starter and then Cleverly come in later

  16. Ferdinand and Vidic performed good work against Norwich,
    De Gea, Raphael, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Carrick, Valencia, Mata, Januzaj, Chicharitto and Van Persie.

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