Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sunderland vs Manchester United EPL August 24, 2014

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Sunderland vs Manchester United - Competition: English Premier League

Sunderland team started the new season of the Premier League with a decent result. 2:2 against West Bromwich Albion is not a perfect start but at least it gives hope for the future. The Black Cats managed to score 5 minutes after the start as well as 5 minutes before the end of the match. Sunderland’s manager Gus Poyet has an interesting mixture of youth and experience in his squad – the older ones, more used to the heavy Premier League encounters like John O’Shea, Wes Brown or Andrew Johnson and Sebastian Larsson mixed up with some fresh, young blood like Jack Rodwell, Connor Wickham or Josmer Altidore. This seems to be a very good combination which should reach more than the 14th place from last season. However the game against Manchester United is still quite a challenge – even if the Red Devils are still in crisis.
It seems that even after the change of the manager, Man United performs as bad as last season. Some even say that David Moyes has never gone nowhere, that his spirit is still hanging over Old Trafford. The defeat (1:2 against Swansea City) in the first game of the new season at home hurts badly. And even the beautiful overhead goal scored by Rooney doesn’t sugar it.
Manchester United  have big problems creating any productive offensive actions that can lead to goals just as last season. United bought some interesting players like defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo as well as midfielder Ander Herrera, but only the third one appeared in the first game of the season and was substituted after 67 minutes. Yougster Shaw seems to be not fit enough and Rojo came to Old Trafford afterwards. Louis van Gaal keeps a watchful eye on some top players in Europe but it’s difficult to convince them to join ManU without having Champions League action on the plate. In the upcoming game it’s certain that Manchester will be extremely eager to win and show the whole world that they are not going to sink to average. The list of injuries at Old Traford is quite long – in the game against Sunderlad we will not see: Valencia, Welbeck, Anderson, Shaw, Carrick, Evans and Johnstone.

Sunderland last 5 matches:
23/07/14 Hartlepool United 0 – 3 Sunderland
29/07/14 Recreativo Huelva 0 – 1 Sunderland
30/07/14 Nacional 1 – 0 Sunderland
02/08/14 Vitória Setúbal 0 – 0 Sunderland
16/08/14 West Brom 2 – 2 Sunderland

Manchester United last 5 matches:
30/07/14 Manchester United P 0 – 0 Inter
02/08/14 Manchester United 3 – 1 Real Madrid
05/08/14 Liverpool 1 – 3 Manchester United
12/08/14 Manchester United 2 – 1 Valencia
16/08/14 Manchester United 1 – 2 Swansea City

Match date: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Kick Off Time: 16:00 BST - 15:00 GMT
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, United Kingdom

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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