Form guide: Our 4-0 win over Norwich City lifted the spirits and gave Ryan Giggs the perfect start to his time as interim boss. Another victory could see United cut the gap on Tottenham, and if other results over the weekend are favourable, the possibility of fifth spot and a place in next season’s Europa League will remain open. Visitors Sunderland looked doomed a couple of weeks ago, but a draw at Manchester City, a win at Chelsea and the thrashing of Cardiff in a relegation six-pointer, have moved them out of the drop-zone with three games remaining.
Ins and outs: Rafael was ruled out of the Norwich game with an unspecified knock, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for the Black Cats' visit while Robin van Persie has yet to return from his sprained knee. Sunderland’s on-loan midfielder Ki Sung-yueng may have played his last game of the season, the South Korean having seen a specialist about tendonitis in his knee.
Betting: The Reds are hot favourites to make it two wins in a row with bwin, our online betting partners. They make the Reds 1.34 to claim all three points, while the draw is at 5.00 and a Sunderland victory is priced 8.00.
Last meeting: United beat the Black Cats 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final in late January, but the scoreline barely scratches the surface of a dramatic night at Old Trafford. With United trailing by the same score after the first leg, the hosts levelled on aggregate thanks to a Jonny Evans goal