Michael Carrick featured in England's draw with Montenegro last week. Image courtesy of skysports.com
15 points ahead in the Premiership, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may look at Saturday night’s (AEDT) clash with Sunderland as a chance to rest some of his stars with massive upcoming matches against Chelsea in the FA Cup and then the local derby with City in the EPL next weekend.
United’s record against the Wearside outfit won’t be giving Fergie too many sleepless nights. His team has won 15 of the last 19 meetings with Sunderland and drawn the other four, outscoring the Black Cats 35 goals to nine in that period. They’ve won seven and drawn two of their last nine visits to the Stadium of Light, as well, so unless United takes a severely weakened squad north, everything points to the Red Devils at least taking a point back home.
Sunderland faces Chelsea next week, and they’ll be without both Lee Cattermole (knee) and Steven Fletcher (ankle) for the games against both EPL heavyweights, and the rest of the season. Martin O’Neill’s team sits just four points ahead of Wigan Athletic in the relegation zone, but the Latics have a game in hand. The Black Cats drew 1-1 with Norwich City last start.
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