Manchester United, with an in-form Wayne Rooney, takes on Sunderland at Old Trafford on Feb. 13 at 7.45 a.m. EST in a game they simply must win if they still have aspirations of lifting the Premier League crown. Can the Red Devils get their title challenge up and running again? Click here for the live stream and find out!
After letting a much-needed win slip away at Chelsea in the final minute, Manchester United will be hoping to get the 3 points at home to an improving Sunderland team that is battling to stay in the top division. It won’t be an easy task for the Red Devils and they can’t afford to take this game lightly if they want to keep pace with Premier League leaders Leicester City. It really should be a fascinating match with both sides going for it, and plenty of goals on offer.
United showed that their up for the fight with a credible display at Stamford Bridge last time out, and their hard work was only undone in the final moments when Diego Costa scored a late equalizer. Still, United coach Louis Van Gaal would’ve been happy with the way his troops performed, and will call for more of the same.
Meanwhile, Sunderland has shown tremendous resolve in recent weeks as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Under the guidance of Sam Allardyce, a man known for his hard-line tactics, they showed they can go to the big teams and get results — just like last time out against Liverpool when they came from 2 goals behind to secure a late tie and earned a valuable point as they climb up the standings to safety.
United will be buoyed by the form of Wayne Rooney who has scored 7 goals in his last 8 games. And with the threat of French teenage sensation Anthony Martial, they have the talent that can unlock Sunderland’s leaky defense and fashion lots of goal-scoring chances.
But at the other end, Chris Smalling will have to marshall his United teammates well to cope with Sunderland’s in-form striker Jermain Defoe. The veteran has mustered 13 goals in 22 league games for the Mackems, a very decent return for a forward playing in a team struggling at the foot of the table.
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