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Ryan Giggs will look to build on his impressive start as Manchester United manager when his side take on Sunderland on Saturday.

The interim-manager, in for the sacked David Moyes for the final four games of the season, began his reign with a 4-0 success over Norwich last time out.

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Goals from Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney sealed the win and kept the club in contention for the fifth place.

United are currently seventh in the standings, nine points behind Everton and while it would take slips up by both the Toffee’s and sixth place Spurs to see the club seal a Europa League spot Giggs will still be keen for his side to keep the winning run going.

Sunderland meanwhile have overcome the odds in recent weeks to climb from the bottom of the table to 17th.

Wins over Chelsea and Cardiff coupled with a difficult point away to Manchester City has moved the club to the brink of safety and with two homes against WBA and Swansea to follow Black Cats fans will be confident of another season in the Premier League.

The club have not won at Old Trafford since 1968 but with Conor Wickham (five goals in three games) and Fabio Borini (two goals in his last two games) in splendid form Gus Poyet and his men will hope to end that run.

Sunderland have no new injury worries ahead of the game with Emanuele Giaccherini likely to be once again on the bench despite his goal against Cardiff last time out.

United will be without Robin Van Persie with a knee injury although the Dutch forward has resumed training and could feature before the end of the season.

The absence of the former Arsenal forward could mean Mata, a second half sub against Norwich, could start up front alongside Rooney after his two goals last weekend.

Defender Rafael is also missing for United with Phil Jones set to continue at right back while Chris Smalling, Nani and Darren Fletcher will all be hoping for their to impress Giggs after failing to appear against the Canaries.

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