Manchester United supporters were left scratching their heads on Wednesday night after Sir Alex Ferguson chose to deploy Wayne Rooney in central midfield and it could be the start of things to come after the England international controlled the game in that department.
While Rooney has played on the wing in the past for club and country, this was a new position for the 24-year-old although his late goal proved that he can still offer a scoring threat despite a deeper position.
Bet365 (£200 free bets) offer a best price of 1/4 that the Red Devils are successful on Saturday afternoon, although there is often a dip in a team’s performance following a midweek European encounter and Sunderland will feel as though they could be going to Old Trafford at the right time.
Ashley Young is injured and United are still rebuilding confidence after a 6-1 humiliation against Manchester City that nobody could have forecasted, with Ferguson deciding to batten down the hatches at Everton last weekend as his team won 1-0.
Paddy Power (£100 free betting) offer even money that the champions win without conceding a goal against the Black Cats and that looks like a tasty price considering that Nemanja Vidic is back in the defence, with Jonny Evans likely to partner him against a former club.
Sunderland have not shown much quality this term which explains their 10th position, with Steve Bruce’s side having claimed just two wins all season although they came close to holding Arsenal at the Emirates recently and the set piece delivery of Sebastian Larsson is a key weapon.
The visitors are 14/1 to claim victory and 11/2 to register a draw, with Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Kieran Richardson all returning to Old Trafford in an attempt to nullify their former team-mates.