Manchester United are seen as 4/11 favourites to beat Sunderland and advance to Wembley despite trailing 2-1 going into the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford.
David Moyes hasn’t enjoyed a great start to 2014 but he hopes that Manchester United will be able to turn the year around starting with a spot in the final of the Capital One Cup at the expense of Sunderland.
However, things won’t be easy for the defending Premier League champions as they trail The Black Cats 2-1 after the first leg meaning that anything other than a win will not be enough for them to advance and meet Manchester City in the final next month.
Once again, much of the focus surrounding United’s line-up will be based around their attack and the possible inclusion of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney who are both back in training after their recent injuries.
With his side not competing this weekend, it’ll be up to the Scot as to whether he risks bringing on his star strikers or to continue letting Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez lead the line for the side.
United will also be forced into making one change at the back as captain Nemanja Vidic starts a three match ban meaning that Chris Smalling or Phil Jones will slot in alongside Jonny Evans in the back four.
Sunderland will head to Old Trafford in a confident mood as Gus Poyet’s side have remained unbeaten in their last 3 games which has seen the side score an impressive eight goals during that time.
For the clash at Old Trafford, Poyet will add a bit of a South American twist to the line-up as Argentinean internationals Santiago Vergini and Oscar Ustari look set to make their debuts for the club in defence and goal respectively.
In what is an undoubted boost for the club, Steven Fletcher looks set to return to the attack after an Achilles problem forced him out of the 2-2 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
With some fresh faces in the Sunderland line-up, it will certainly mean that The Black Cats will do whatever they can to hold their lead even with United preparing to throw everything they got at them to try and reach Wembley for the only time this year.