Man United are travelling to the Stadium of Light with six points behind the fourth-placed Man City and with 13 games left. This game is crucial for Louis van Gaal’s team in their Champions League pursuit. On the other hand, Sunderland is fighting for relegation, and they cannot afford to lose any more games at home. United are the favourites in this match, but they still have to pay attention to some threats that Sunderland can pose to them.
The main danger will come from the most established goal scorer in Sunderland’s squad, Jermain Defoe. A former Tottenham’s striker is in form this season, and he marked his Premier League comeback with ten goals in the current campaign. The team’s second scorer is Van Aanholt with four goals. Defoe is well-known for his remarkable finishing in one-on-one situations. The movement into the channels is his trademark, so United’s slower defense will have some work to do to stop a former England international.