Sunderland will look to move closer to safety on Saturday by consigning Ryan Giggs to a first defeat as interim Manchester United boss.
Striker Fabio Borini, scorer of two penalties in their last two games, is bullish over his team’s chances of staying up and Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford holds no fear for the on-loan Liverpool striker.
“We have two more home games left and one away and we need to keep believing,” he told the club’s official website. “We’ve made a big step forward and must keep doing the same.
“We must go to Manchester like we did in the cup semi-final, our visit to Manchester [City] a couple of weeks ago, and the game at Chelsea.
“It doesn’t matter who we play against, we play for ourselves first of all.”
History is not Sunderland’s side, however, as they have not beaten United on their own patch since way back in 1968.
United still have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League – they are six points behind Tottenham with a game in hand and far better goal difference.
Rafael da Silva (knock) is expected to miss out and the champions will likely be without striker Robin van Persie (knee) from the start once again, though the Dutchman is back in training and optimistic of a place on the bench.
Home side Man United might play a 4-2-3-1 formation with David De Ge, Evra, Phil JOnes, Ferdinand, Vidic, Mata, Carrick, Nani, Ahsley Young, Fletcher and Hernandez.
Sunderland might also start the match with Mannone, Wes Brown, O’shea, Vergini, Alonso, Sebastian Larsson, Johnson, Colback, Borini, Cattermole and Wickham in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
In the last five matches, United has 2 wins with 2 losses and a drawn game. (WLLWD).
Sunderland has 2 wins with 2 loss and a draw in its last five matches. (WWDLL).
H. Webb will be the referee for this encounter.
Kick-off time is 14:00PM GMT.