Sunderland v Manchester Utd odds, free bets, team news : Rooney boosted to 9/2 anytime goalscorer

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Manchester United will aim to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Swansea later today when they travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland.

Louis Van Gaal’s reign got off to the worst possible start when goals from Sung-Yueng Ki and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed a famous 2-1 for the Welsh side. It also ensured that for the first time in 42 years, the Red Devils lost at home on the opening day of the season.


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Sunderland for their part drew 2-2 away to West Bromwich Albion with Sebastian Larsson claiming a point five minutes from time. Gus Poyet’s side beat United in the league in April and also knocked the club out of the league cup last season, something the former Brighton manager insists gives his side a “psychological edge” over the club.

Speaking ahead of the visit of United, Poyet said “When I arrived at the club last season, people kept talking about how we couldn’t win against Manchester United, but we showed that we can.

“Those results are a big help going into Sunday’s game. Mentally, we’re in good shape.” The Uruguayan added: “Maybe it’s about guarding against over-confidence now.”

Poyet is expected to welcome back Argentinian defender Santiago Vergini and Billy Jones to the squad while United for their part will have Robin Van Persie back in the side.

The Dutch forward missed last weekend’s opener as he got back up to speed following his excursions at the World Cup. His return means that Van Gaal will be able to play his preferred attacking trio of Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Van Persie together for the first time, and just the seventh time since Mata joined the club from Chelsea.

Marouane Fellaini, Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw are set to miss the trip with new signing Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Michael Carrick also absent. New signing Marco Rojo will have to wait to make his debut as he has not received a work permit yet while Antonio Valencia should be fit to return.

Tyler Beckett made his debut last weekend impressing against the Swans and the young defender is poised to once again feature.

Sunderland have a poor home record against United, losing nine and drawing 3 of their last 12 games and they have failed to keep a clean sheet in 13 games in the Premier League. United, for their part had not losing back to back opening games since the inaugural premier league season in 1992.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.