Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Everton made it increasingly unlikely that Manchester United will secure a top 4 place in the Premier League this season. It was the same story again for United as they were failing to take their chances which led to another draw at Old Trafford.
With three draws from our last four matches, we need a win on Sunday to (hopefully) put us back on the right track. This month is going to be eventful with 2 games every week due to re-arranged fixtures and our Europa League campaign. With the top 4 seeming out of reach, it is essential that we put all our efforts into the Europa League, which looks to be our only route left for Champions League football next season.
Although on paper, 20 games unbeaten in the league doesn’t sound too bad, the boss and players know that the points dropped in this run have been unacceptable. While United are battling for top 4, Sunderland look destined for the drop as they sit at the bottom of the Premier League, 10 points away from safety.
Manchester United will be up against a familiar face on Sunday with David Moyes, who managed United in the 2013/14 season, taking charge of The Black Cats.
As if our injury crisis wasn’t bad enough, things have taken another turn as Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young will also be unavailable for the trip to The Stadium of Light. Wayne Rooney missed the midweek clash due to ankle issues and Ashley Young limped off with a groin injury. Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia returns after being rested while Mata, Jones and Smalling are all still looking at a long time on the sidelines.
Our last three visits to The Stadium of Light were not fond memories, with United losing 2 and drawing 1. However, one thing looking up for us is our away form this season. Manchester United have won 6 and drawn 2 of their last 8 Premier League matches away from home. This is their longest unbeaten away run since August 2013.
In truth, on Sunday we are playing against the worst team in the league this season. Anything apart from a win is completely unacceptable and would call into question the quality and mindset of the players and manager. We have recently been playing like a mid-table team but we are so much better than that and we need to go and prove it!