in the summer of 2011, having missed last season’s corresponding fixture through injury. The Republic of Ireland international scored 15 goals in just under 400 appearances for United and is guaranteed a rousing reception from fans inside the Theatre of Dreams.
Whistle-blower: Chris Foy will be the man in the middle for this 15:00 GMT kick-off, having refereed each side just once this season. United fans might remember the Merseyside-based official from a 3-2 defeat to Spurs while Sunderland supporters last saw him during an opening-day draw at Arsenal. On average, Foy awards two yellow cards per game and is yet to dismiss a player this term.
Rivals watch: In the midday kickoff on Saturday, Manchester City travel to Newcastle before Liverpool host Aston Villa at Anfield. A day later, Arsenal make the short trip to Reading.
Want to see the game live at Old Trafford? A limited number of returned tickets are available – visit manutd.com/tickets to purchase.