SUNDERLAND (Sporting Alert) — Sunderland will be hoping to pile on further misery on Manchester United boss David Moyes by beating the travelers Capital One Cup semi-final first leg tie at Stadium of Light Tuesday night.
Coming off a shocking 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in the FA Cup third round at the weekend, Moyes is expected to recall a number of top names for the clash, but Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is looking to take advantage of playing at home.
Top players such as David de Gea, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, who were all rested in Sunday’s FA Cup home defeat are in line for a recall.
However, wingers Nani and Ashley Young, midfielder Marouane Fellaini and defender Rio Ferdinand will miss the game, while striker Robin van Persie and center-back Phil Jones are not expected to be fit enough.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender John O’Shea could face his old bosses as he returns to the Sunderland squad after missing the last four games with a shoulder injury.
Sunderland (squad): Mannone, Pickford, Celustka, Dossena, Alonso, Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Mavrias, Colback, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini.
Manchester United (squad): De Gea, Lindegaard, Smalling, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Carrick, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa, Zaha, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Januzaj.