Manchester United are likely to pair Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in defence for their trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

This news should bring both optimism and worry to United fans as while Vidic looks to be on the road to greatness, recent memories of a Ferdinand legs-open mistake will be daunting. 

Sunderland have faced the current top two in the league - Arsenal and Liverpool - in their last three games and scored against both.

United are looking to keep a clean sheet in a match against the side bottom of the league.


Moyes will be thinking that experience is key and will likely feature both Ferdinand and Vidic, although a worry will be a lack of youth in the central positions and Evans, for me, would be a better option to partner Vidic.


The poor mid-week performance from Fellaini may see him on the bench this weekend with Cleverley likely to start.

I would like to see Fellaini keep his place however as he needs to gel with Carrick if he really was bought as a long-term option.

Yet Cleverley may feature after Anderson took part in the defeat to West Brom.

Valencia may well get the nod out wide which will see a more cautious United line-up as opposed to starting a more attack-minded youngster, with Nani on the other flank.


Rooney and Van Persie are more than likely to start upfront bar any injuries in the next 24 hours.

Rooney will play the no.10 role, which continues the frustration of United fans who feel that United should be playing two up front, especially against a team bottom of the league.

I would prefer to see Rooney alongside RvP with Kagawa behind them, yet one has given up on that thought many weeks ago.

This is the side I expect Moyes to field - but do you agree...? Have your say in the comments box provided.

Manchester United XI vs Sunderland: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Nani; Rooney, Van Persie

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