Manchester United will be out to atone for their disappointing defeat to Swansea last weekend when they welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford this afternoon.
The Red Devils went down 2-1 to the Welsh outfit last weekend with the defeat made all the more difficult by the sight of Robin Van Persie leaving the stadium on crutches.
The Dutch forward is expected to miss the clash with the Black Cats this weekend with a month on the sidelines predicted for the former Arsenal man.
Radamel Falcao and James Wilson are the two contenders to replace RVP. Wilson is in contention despite going off for the under-21 side with a dead leg.
Wayne Rooney could also be pushed up field by Louis Van Gaal. The England captain has spent a lot of time recently in midfield but could revert back to his favoured position for the foreseeable future.
Michael Carrick is back training but unlikely to feature while for Sunderland Emanuele Giaccherini, Will Buckley and Jack Rodwell will all be assessed ahead of the game.
Despite the setback last weekend, United remain in the top four and with their rivals for the position in cup action [Spurs] or facing difficult tests [Liverpool host Manchester City], they will be confident of maintaining or even extending that gap.
Sunderland meanwhile are the league’s draw specialists with 50% of their games ending all square. The club are 16th in the table, three points above the relegation zone and will head into the clash with one win and two draws from their last five games.
Last season Gus Poyet’s men secured their first win at Old Trafford since 1968 with a 1-0 win and another win on Saturday would go a long way to increasing confidence within the camp, not to mention a potential chance to climb to 13th in the table.