Sunderland v Manchester United: Match Preview

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Sunderland v Manchester United;
Premier League; Stadium of Light; Sunday, 13th May; 1500 KO.

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John O’Shea faces a race against time if he’s to be fit for the final game of the season against his old club, and will undergo a late test alongside Nicklas Bendtner to see if the pair have recovered from foot injuries.

Wes Brown (knee) and Kieran Richardson (groin) will definitely not come up against their old side, whilst Seb Larsson is also going to miss out for the Black Cats with a hernia problem.

For the visitors, Chris Smalling is the latest casualty for both club and country, with the versatile defender set to miss Euro 2012 as well as the last game of the season.

Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen and Darren Fletcher are all long-term casualties, whilst Danny Welbeck, Paul Pogba (both ankle) and Anderson are also unavailable.


Fergie praying for ‘something stupid’

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits ‘something stupid’ needs to happen for the title to end up at Old Trafford this weekend.

The Red Devils travel to the Stadium of Light knowing victory may not be enough to clinch the title, sitting level on points with Manchester City but behind due to an inferior goal difference of eight.

With relegation-threatened Queen’s Park Rangers travelling to the Etihad Stadium potentially needing a point to secure their own safety, a shock result isn’t completely out of the question.

However, Ferguson is well aware that Mark Hughes’ side are underdogs as the Citizens look to claim their first top-flight title in 44-years, and will be hoping that his old striker get one over on Roberto Mancini.

"We can only do our best and try to win the match and hope something stupid happens with City," said Ferguson.

"It's fantastic for the neutral, fantastic for the media, but agony for both clubs. The attitude will be that City have to win but it's an enormous challenge for them too.

"The disappointment of losing the game would be unbelievable. It's untold what effect it could have on them."

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