Sunderland v Manchester United team news & stats

Date published: Friday 12th February 2016 12:13

Will Keane: Will be included in matchday squad

Manchester United will hope to extend an unbeaten 13-match record from visits to the Stadium of Light when they face Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime (kick-off 12.45pm).

Team news

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will have a series of selection decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Younes Kaboul and striker Duncan Watmore are both out with ankle ligament injuries and midfielder Jeremain Lens is a doubt with a suspected hernia problem.

Full-back Billy Jones is struggling to shake off a hip injury and the game is likely to come too soon for midfielder Sebastian Larsson following his return to training following a long-term knee problem, although striker Fabio Borini is available after missing the trip to Liverpool because of a virus.

Louis van Gaal is without eight first-team players for the trip.

Long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (foot), Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and Ashley Young (groin) remain sidelined while Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj and Guillermo Varela all came off with unspecified injuries in the under-21s’ 7-0 win over Norwich on Monday.

Striker Will Keane has been rewarded for his five-goal haul against the Canaries with a place in the matchday squad for Saturday’s fixture at the Stadium of Light.

Kick-off at the Stadium of Light on Saturday is at 12.45pm.

Opta stats

  • Sunderland have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light (D4 L9).
  • Sunderland have failed to even score in eight of the last 12 Premier League matches against Manchester United and have netted only once in each of the other four encounters.
  • In total, United have won 21 and lost just two of their 29 Premier League games against the Black Cats.
  • Sunderland have won just six of their previous 49 Premier League games in the month of February and have the worst points per game ratio in this month of all current Premier League clubs (0.63).
  • Manchester United have the best points per game record in the history of the Premier League in the month of February (2.26) and have lost just nine of their 85 games in the month.
  • Sunderland are on the longest current run without a clean sheet in the Premier League (11 games).
  • United have collected just six points from their last six Premier League away games (W1 D3 L2).
  • Only Sergio Aguero (7) has scored more Premier League goals in 2016 so far than Jermain Defoe (6) and Wayne Rooney (5).
  • Rooney has been involved in as many Premier League goals in six games in 2016 (five goals, three assists), as he had in 33 games in 2015 (six goals, two assists).
  • Marouane Fellaini could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match and would be only the second Belgian to reach this landmark in the competition after Vincent Kompany.

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