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06/01/2014 20:47, Report by Nathan Thomas
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Preview: Sunderland

Date, time and coverage: Tuesday 7 January, 19:45 GMT. Live TV coverage in the UK on Sky. Follow the action live via ManUtd.com's rolling blog and MUTV Online's radio commentary.

Form guide: After elimination from the FA Cup on Sunday against Swansea, Manchester United will hope for a much better outcome in the Capital One Cup. The semi-final first leg match provides an opportunity to not only get back to winning ways but also to move a step closer to securing a Wembley trip on 2 March. Unlike the Reds, Sunderland progressed to the FA Cup fourth round - their 3-1 home win over Carlisle at the weekend capped a reasonably successful festive period for the Black Cats. Nine days after knocking out Chelsea to set up the semi with United, they claimed an impressive away league win over Everton on Boxing Day.

Ins and outs: The Reds are suffering from something of a minor injury crisis at the moment. First-choice strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were ruled out of the Swansea match, as were Phil Jones, Rafael, NaniMarouane Fellaini and Ashley YoungRio Ferdinand was hurt during that game and the man who replaced him, Fabio, is suspended after his dismissal. Sunderland's absentees include Spanish defender Carlos Cuellar and goalkeeper Keiran Westwood who are nursing a hip and shoulder injury respectively.

Last meeting: A certain Adnan Januzaj made a name for himself, scoring two superb goals to bag all three points for the Reds in a 2-1 league win at the Stadium of Light on 5 October.

Betting: United are firm favourites with bwin to take the spoils in the Tuesday evening clash, priced at 1.70 with Sunderland coming in at 5.00 and the draw at 3.60. Why not take a punt on Adnan Januzaj repeating his October heroics? He’s at 8.70 to open the scoring.

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