Predicted XI: Sunderland vs Manchester United – Zaha and Anderson to start

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – David Moyes has stated that De Gea will return to the side for this game after Anders Lindegaard’s appearance on Sunday.

Chris Smalling – With no Fabio, Rafael or Phil Jones available for this game, this right-back berth is a toss up between Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia. If Jonny Evans is deemed fit enough to start another consecutive game, then Smalling will probably start at right-back.

Nemanja Vidic – Moyes has also stated that Nemanja Vidic will be ready to feature on Tuesday.

Jonny Evans – It is a tough ask for Evans to be playing so many matches in a short space of time but the Northern Irishman will be confident he can handle it.

sunderland-away-7-janPatrice Evra – Rested on Sunday, the Frenchman will be ready to come back in for this match in the North East.

Antonio Valencia – Being taken off around the hour mark against Swansea suggests that Moyes is keen to use Valencia again on the right side on Tuesday night.

Michael Carrick – Carrick is a player in need of games to find full form and fitness after injury and after not appearing in Sunday’s loss to Swansea, the Englishman is nigh-on guaranteed a start against Sunderland.

Anderson – After games on Sunday, Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley are set to be dropped from the starting line-up on Tuesday night. Anderson is perhaps the more likely to come in ahead of Ryan Giggs for a League Cup tie.

Wilfried Zaha – This fixture may be an opportunity for Zaha to get some game time on the left hand side so Moyes can give rests to Adnan Januzaj and Shinji Kagawa.

Wayne Rooney – Despite seemingly carrying a minor injury, the nature of United’s current forms means Rooney is needed for this match that could provide a confidence boosting win.

Danny Welbeck – Welbeck is the more in-form striker than Javier Hernandez, thus justifying a start for the young Englishman against Sunderland.

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Ryan Giggs is set to be the only ‘fresh’ player not to start on Tuesday night, meaning he could have a significant impact from the bench. Elsewhere, with so many injuries, United’s squad looks increasingly stretched as it tries to cope with two games in three days – a ridiculous ask.

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