Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Sunderland - LATEST
By Andrew Cuff
Saturday 06 Dec 2008 10:00:00
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The exit of Roy Keane from Sunderland shows just how bad things are for Sunderland. As Sunderland travel to Manchester to take on United under Ricky Sbragia, the caretaker boss at Sunderland.
 
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Sunderland have lost 5 games out of their last 6 games, managing to secure a measly 3 points in those 6 games, and those points came from a 2-1 victory over Blackburn. United on the other hand come off a victory at city last weekend and victory in the Carling Cup with a second string team. United lie 6 points behind table leaders Liverpool with a game in hand, that being the one against Fulham, whereas Sunderland lie 4 points off the bottom of the table in 18 position.
 
United are likely to see the return of Ronaldo to the starting line up after serving his one match ban against Blackburn earlier this week. Ferguson has also confirmed that Scholes will not be starting in the match against Sunderland later today. After playing a second string squad midweek against Blackburn I expect we will see a fairly strong United squad hitting the turf in Manchester.
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At the back we should see the return of Van Der Sar in goal, with Vidic and Ferdinand in the central roles. Brown seems like a likely candidate at right back after both Neville and Rafael played the match on Wednesday the later also starting against City last weekend. The midfield is likely to be where we see the biggest changes, I doubt very much if Ferguson will change it from the team that played last weekend against City. Ferguson now has a massive striker dilemma after Tevez slotted away 4 goals against Blackburn.
 
Analysing the match in which Tevez was instrumental in all 5 goal you can see a lot of similarities to Eric Cantona and how much he enjoys the freedom of playing alone up front. Though I doubt he will get a match this weekend, but more likely to get a start on Wednesday against Aalborg.
 
Ferguson cannot afford this vital opportunity to gain some points on the table leaders nor can they afford to lose any points, either way the match is going to be a thriller.
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