OLD TRAFFORD, Sporting Alert – Matteo Darmian moves over to play at left-back for Manchester United in today’s English Premier League clash with bottom-placed side Sunderland at Old Trafford.
With Luke Shaw out long-term with a broken leg and Marcos Rojo picking up an injury during last week’s victory over Southampton, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to start with Darmian, who normally plays at right-back, on the left.
Antonio Valencia, who started in the League Cup victory over Ipswich Town in midweek, keeps his place at right-back, with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind staying as the full time centre-backs.
Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin are the pair trusted in the central midfield, with Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger back on the bench.
The on form forward Anthony Martial makes his first start at Old Trafford in the Premier League for Manchester United, who could go top of the table standings with a win, with Manchester City going down against Tottenham.
Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay also start for the home side.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are sitting in last place in the Premier League standings and could find the going tough at Old Trafford again today.
The Black Cats have recalled Costel Pantilimon to start in goal after he was on the bench against Manchester City in the League Cup defeat with Vito Mannone getting the start then, but striker Jermain Defoe is only on the bench.
Jeremain Lens will play alongside Fabio Borini in the attack for Sunderland, with Adam Johnson, Yann M’Vila, Ola Toivonen and Lee Cattermole all starting as well for the visitors.
Sebastian Larsson, Jordi Gomez, Sebastian Coates, DeAndre Yedlin and Steven Fletcher are all on the bench.
Manchester United v Sunderland
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Rooney, Depay, Martial. Subs: Jones, Young, Romero, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Andreas Pereira
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, Kaboul, O’Shea, Van Aanholt, M’Vila, Cattermole, Johnson, Toivonen, Lens, Borini. Subs: Larsson, Gomez, Defoe, Coates, Yedlin, Mannone, Fletcher
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)