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by nevash nair
Give me a break! David Moyes feeling the heat as Man United flounder in the league. - PAUL ELLIS/ AFP
CHAMPIONS bounce back. That’s what they do. Even when the odds are against them, champions always bounce back. As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
If there’s one team United should play now, it is Sunderland. Bottom of the Premier League and without a manager, Sunderland will also be looking for a win but against a United side that are still licking their wounds from last weekend’s defeat, it would be highly unlikely.
The Black Cats have lost five of their six league games so far this season, including last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool and caretaker-manager Kevin Ball’s men are in for a drubbing against the Devils.
United now need to win ... and they need to win big.
David Moyes, whose side have won just two Premier League games since he replaced the retired Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, needs a five-star performance from the lads to ease the pressure.
United are heading into the Stadium of Light following Wednesday night’s draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and if the right team plays, we can expect a major victory.
Moyes is not used to having a big squad. He is not used to having two or three world-class players in every position. I can understand that.
He does not know his best squad and he is not comfortable rotating players. Given the fact that United is a team in transition, we need to be patient.
According to team news coming out of England, the hosts will be without Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, Andrea Dossena and Steven Fletcher. United on the other hand will be without Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand but Wayne Rooney, who missed the clash at the Donbass Arena with a shin injury, will return to the first-team fold.
Rooney, who has scored three Premier League goals and created nine chances so far this season will play in the hole while Danny Welbeck, who scored in United’s 1-1 draw at Shakhtar, is likely to keep his place on the left.
Moyes has always been successful against Sunderland - he has only lost one of his last 16 Premier League meetings with Sunderland and the Black Cats have won just eight points from a possible 72 in their 24 previous matches against Man United in the Premier League.
With history favouring both the manager and the team, I do not see Manchester United losing this one.
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NEVASH NAIR, Manchester United, Sunderland, Black Cats, Red Devils, Old Trafford, David Moyes, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Kevin Ball
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