STARTING XI: Sunderland vs Manchester United: Robin van Persie returns

by Sam Peoples

De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blackett; Valencia, Cleverley, Fletcher, Mata, Young; Rooney, van Persie

Subs: Amos, M. Keane, James, Kagawa, Hernandez, Welbeck, Januzaj

Robin van Persie will make his first appearance of the season today for Manchester United after his extended post-World Cup break.

He’ll start up front alongside Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata will play just behind them in the No.10 role.

After defeat to Swansea, Louis van Gaal‘s side cannot afford to lose again and there is real pressure on the side to win.

Last season, United won in the Stadium of Light courtesy of a fantastic brace by Adnan Januzaj but as he is on the bench today, it will be up to his team-mates to deliver the three points.

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