Form guide: Before the international break, United took full advantage of Manchester City's shock defeat at Everton by beating Reading 1-0 to move 15 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. As a result, the Reds remain on course to reclaim the title that was so cruelly lost on the final day of last season, when a 1-0 win over Sunderland had appeared to seal the championship until Sergio Aguero's last-gasp winner at the Etihad Stadium. Memories of that day are still raw, and that will hopefully inspire Sir Alex’s men to a triumph over a Black Cats side that is without a win in seven top-flight fixtures.
Ins and outs: Hopefully all of United’s international stars have returned to Carrington in rude health and are available for selection this weekend. But with an FA Cup meeting at Chelsea booked for Easter Monday, the boss will manage team selection at Sunderland carefully. Paul Scholes and Phil Jones could both return from injury, while Anders Lindegaard may feature for the first time since facing West Ham in January. Crucially, the home side are without top scorer Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole for the rest of the season through injury. Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan are also facing a battle to be fit.
Betting: Perhaps unsurprisingly, bwin have priced United as favourites for this clash at odds of 1.62, while Sunderland are at 5.25 and the draw is 3.80. If you’re looking for a little more value, why not back Danny Welbeck to score first against his former loan club at a generous 6.50?