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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Manchester United v Sunderland: Can the Black Cats rewrite history at Old Trafford?


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Manchester U v Sunderland

Manchester United opened up a six-point gap over Manchester City last weekend with their last-gasp win at the Etihad and they are now strong favourites to go on and reclaim what they feel is rightfully theirs.

This afternoon they take on a struggling Sunderland side, but one that will be buoyed following their 3-0 win over Reading in midweek. Can the Black Cats do something that they haven't managed since 1968 and win at Old Trafford?

There was a period just after the war when Sunderland loved playing at United. They won seven out of eight visits, but then it stopped and since United lifted the European Cup in 68 Sunderland have failed to taste victory at the Theatre of Dreams. But could this be the weekend they rewrite history?

Manchester United's defence has been very suspect this season and visiting teams have thrown everything at United's back four. They have conceded first in an alarming number of games this season, but they have enough firepower in Rooney, RVP, Welbeck and Hernandez to get their defence out of trouble.

Sunderland almost broke their duck against United in 2009 but for a late Anton Ferdinand own goal which gave United a share of the spoils. They need to put a run of games together in order to move away from the drop zone. Unfrotunately there's not a lot of love around for them to win today.

Man United v Sunderland; Kick Off 3pm December 15 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

3

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

TBA

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

3

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

3

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

4

V

0

Man United

Alex Richert

4

V

0

Newcastle

Greg Hall

3

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

3

V

0

QPR

John Jaycock

3

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

3

V

0

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

TBA    

V

TBA

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

3

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

3

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

3

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

4

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

3

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

3

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

3

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

3

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

4

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

4

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

3

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 30; Draw: 2; Away: 0. TBA 2.

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