In match week 10, United travelled to Everton for a 1-0 win, on the back of a goal in the 20th minute by Hernandez. It was not the most convincing win for United who did not dominate the game by any stretch of imagination. But while Everton enjoyed good possession in patches, especially towards the end of the game, their poor finishing let United off the hook. Hernandez’s goal was the result of a cross from Evra that the Mexican striker received in front of goal. In the end, United got three points from the game and that was the most important thing, and the race for the title could come down to the Manchester duo, with every win counting.
Sunderland were involved in a thrilling 2-2 draw at home, against Aston Villa, in match week 10, and but for a late strike by Sessegnon, in the 90th minute, appeared likely to lose the game. Petrov put the visitors ahead on 20 minutes and 18 minutes later, Wickham scored the equaliser for Sunderland. With five minutes to go to the end, Dunne’s strike appeared to clinch it for Villa, but Sessegnon had other ideas, and scored in the last minute of regulation time to salvage a point for his side.
Head to head, these sides have played 20 league matches, in the last 10 years. Of those, Manchester United have won 14, while Sunderland have won just one; the remaining 5 games have been drawn. The last time they met was at the same venue, in December 2010; United won that game 2-0.
After 10 games, this season, United are 2nd placed on the Premier League points table, 5 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, while Sunderland are in 14th place. In 5 home games, United have won 4 and lost 1; Sunderland have won 1 of 5 games, on the road, while losing 2 and drawing the remaining two. In their last 10 league matches, United have won 7, while losing 1 and drawing 2; Sunderland have won 2, and drawn and lost 4 each of their last 10 matches.
United are gung-ho after a 2-0 win against Otelul Galati, in the Champions League, and are likely to make that momentum count, at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s starting eleven against Everton: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Wellbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher, Park, Rooney, Hernandez
Sunderland’s starting eleven against Aston Villa: Mignolet, O’Shea, Brown, Turner, Richardson, Larsson, Colback, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Bendtner, Wickham
About the Author (Author Profile)
Jinxatious is the Chief Editor of SportingAttitude.com
An avid writer, on an eclectic range of subjects, he brings to bear editorial experience garnered with a national newspaper in South-East Asia. He also has sportscasting experience, as a cricket commentator, and his passion for sport extends beyond Cricket, to Football, Tennis, and Olympic Sports.