Manchester United have finally found their rhythm under Portuguese managed Jose Mourinho. They are coming on the back of three wins in a row and are unbeaten since the 4-0 thrashing at Chelsea on October 23rd. The problems for the Red Devils has been their inability to win matches as 4 of the 5 matches before of the 3 match win streak were draws. United are sixth in the league table, which is only the second time they are coming to a Boxing Day fixture sitting outside the top five. The previous was under during the spell of current Sunderland managed David Moyes in 2014.
Sunderland are coming on the back of a welcome 1-0 win at home over Watford on matchday 17. The relegation fighters are a much improved team in recent weeks after picking up 4 wins in their last 7. They did manage to restrict Chelsea to a narrow 1-0 win two weeks ago and a similar defensive set up could be expected here. With at least 8 players missing through injuries, it will be a hard ask for David Moyes to upset a team like Manchester United at their own backyard.
Manchester United vs Sunderland: Head-to-head stats
The teams share 3 wins each and a draw from their last 7 meetings in all competitions. But Manchester United are the dominant side among the two with 21 wins and 6 draws to their name in 30 fixtures, while Sunderland managed just 3 wins.
Sunderland defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the Premier League clash two seasons ago in the 2013-14 season. This is their lone win at Old Trafford in 24 visits as United picked 16 wins and 7 draws during the period.
Manchester United vs Sunderland: Prediction
With a number of players in good form, Manchester United are poised to pick their fourth straight win in the Premier League by defeating Sunderland on Monday. But you can expect the Black Cats to be extremely defensive, the same they did against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Sunderland have managed just 4 goals from their 8 away games this season. So Manchester United to win to nil can be used as an alternate prediction. However, we expect United to take an early lead in this match and to lead 1-0 at the half-time.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored goals in 6 of the last 7 United’s matches. He is our pick of the players to score any-time during the match at the odds of 8/15 (1.53).