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Manchester United v Sunderland: Squad sheets

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Manchester United v Sunderland: Squad sheets - After scoring 21 goals in their first five Premier League fixtures Manchester United have managed only six in the last five and lost the fluency that made them so irresistible in the opening weeks of the season. Even so, it would constitute a major surprise if Sunderland, with only one victory against United in 20 attempts, were to do anything to deny Sir Alex Ferguson a satisfying 25th anniversary. Steve Bruce, returning to his former club, has assembled a squad with a heavy United influence but one of the old boys, John O'Shea, misses out because of injury. Daniel TaylorVenue Old Trafford , tomorrow 3pmTickets Sold outLast season Man Utd 2 Sunderland 0Referee L MasonThis season's matches 6 Y23, R0, 3.83 cards per gameOdds Man Utd 2-9 Sunderland 5-1 Draw 14-1Manchester UnitedSubs from Lindegaard, Amos, Fryer, Ferdinand, F da Silva, Macheda, Diouf, Berbatov, Welbeck, Valencia, GibsonDoubtful Carrick (back)Injured Rafael (shoulder, 19 Nov), Cleverley (ankle, 19 Nov), Young (toe, 19 Nov), Giggs (hamstring, 19 Nov), Smalling (foot, Dec), Owen (thigh, Dec), Anderson (unspecified)Suspended NoneForm guide WLDWDWDisciplinary record Y15 R1Leading scorer Rooney 9SunderlandSubs from Carson, Laing, Elmohamady, Gardner, Meyler, Cattermole, Ji, McClean, CookDoubtful Vaughan (groin)Injured O'Shea (hamstring, 19 Nov), Campbell (knee, Dec), Mignolet (nose/fractured eye socket, Jan), Gordon (knee, Feb)Suspended Bramble (indefinite club ban)Form guide DWLDLWDisciplinary record Y20 R1Leading scorer Larsson 3Match pointers• Sunderland have failed to score in seven of their last nine Premier League games against Manchester United• United have allowed more shots from open play (115) than any other top-flight team this term; David de Gea making the most saves (69)• Sebastian Larsson has scored 40% of the direct free-kicks converted in the top flight this season (two of five)• United have scored in all of their past 35 home league games• Stéphane Sessègnon has either scored or assisted in his side's last four games

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