14:21 In the spirit of fun, we’ve decided to stick our necks on the line and post our predictions ahead of kickoff. Here are our forecasts:
GT: United 3 Sunderland 0
JT: United 1 Sunderland 0
BH United 3 Sunderland 0
MF: United 2 Sunderland 1
What do you reckon? Let us know in Talking Reds and see how you fare at full-time. (MF)
14:12 We’ve team news from both camps ahead of kick-off...
United: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Bench: Lindegaard, Giggs, Chicharito, Vidic, Welbeck, Scholes, Fletcher.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea (c), Bramble, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon. Bench: Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Westwood, Saha. (MF)
13:46 Though Sunderland are having a bit of a tough time of it this season, I have a suspicion they're going to be hard to break down this afternoon. Remember the game in December 2008, just after Keano quit as their manager and they were languishing near the bottom of the table? We battered them for 90 minutes but couldn't break through until Nemanja Vidic popped up in injury-time. Cue amusing celebration from the Serbian. You can watch highlights from that game in our feature. (JT)
13:27 Whilst walking down Sir Matt Busby way, I noticed plenty of fans wearing shirts with O’Shea’s name on the back ahead of his first