Struggling Sunderland manager David Moyes admits his side need to beat Manchester United in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light to have any chance of survival.
The Black Cats already appear to be doomed to relegation as they are bottom of the table and are 10 points away from safety with just eight matches to go in the league.
As such, Moyes revealed that he never anticipated beating United but believes his team will have to do so to stand any chance of an escape from the drop.
He said, “I think the boys have given a good go at it, so there’s no faulting them and I think they’ve done everything they can.
“What I hadn’t put down was a win against a Manchester United – or an Arsenal or Chelsea – in our remaining fixtures, so we now have to win at least one of those games.”
Meanwhile, the Red Devils will no doubt be chasing a win to keep their top four hopes alive. United boss Jose Mourinho said, “In terms of looking to the future, I prefer to look at 10 matches with 10 draws, you have something that is not easy to have. You are quite solid mentally, difficult to beat, fighting.”
In team news, John O’Shea is not available due to a family bereavement while Adnan Januzaj cannot face his parent club. Yet, striker Victor Anichebe could make his return.
For the visitors, Antonio Valencia and Paul Pogba are expected to start while Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young are ruled out with knocks.