By Andy Hyslop
- Shaw, Rojo and McNair all missing through injury
- Young set to continue at left-back due to the injuries in defence
- United have avoided defeat in 23 of their 25 against Sunderland in all competitions
Venue: Old Trafford Date and Kick-Off: Saturday 26 September 3:00pm
Depending Manchester City’s result against Tottenham in the early kick-off United could have the chance to go top of the Premier League in this match.
If Manchester City suffer a second successive Premier League defeat in their game at White Hart Lane against Tottenham, then United will have the chance to go top of the Premier League by defeating Sunderland at Old Trafford.
United go in to this game with a few injury concerns in defence. We all know about Luke Shaw, his replacement at Southampton Rojo is also missing after suffering a hamstring injury in the victory at St Mary’s. Whilst McNair who came on Rojo in that game is also injury after picking up a minor knock.
Ashley Young filled at left-back in the midweek League Cup win over Ipswich. Young has shown his adaptability under Van Gaal. Playing Young at left-back in certain home games will give United an extra dimension, aiding whoever is playing on the left wing.
Anthony Martial will looking to continue his outstanding start in the Premier League, having scored 3 goals in his two Premier League games so far. He also notched a goal against Ipswich, making it four goals in his four United appearances so far.
Van Gaal was asked about another young striker in press conference, James Wilson. Van Gaal confirmed he won’t be going out on loan for as he may be needed. Van Gaal acknowledges that he needs games for his development.
A few hours after Van Gaal press conference, United confirmed that Wilson has signed a contract extension until June 2019 with an option for a further year.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2015
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