Watch Live: Sunderland vs. Manchester United (Lineups & Live Stream)

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Manchester United has a chance to get back to winning ways and put pressure on the top of the table as they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN or live online at

The Red Devils have suffered disappointing draws with West Brom and Everton in their last two, with just one goal scored between the two matches, and questions have been raised over Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic approach to games. The fight for the top four had been a true battle, but if they fail to win here, they risk being left behind, currently seven points back of Manchester City.

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As he often does, Mourinho has defied his own comments, having only a week ago said he doesn’t believe Luke Shaw has the work ethic to succeed at a club like Manchester United, only to name him in the starting lineup today. Mourinho issued a warning before the match, telling the media, “if he doesn’t perform exceptionally well, he doesn’t come back into the team.”

Sergio Romero also starts in goal with David De Gea missing his second straight match due to an injury he suffered against West Brom. Antonio Valencia returns at right-back, while Ashley Young misses out after an injury against Everton, while Wayne Rooney remains out with an ankle problem. Henrikh Mkhitaryan also comes in after his injury during the international break. Marouane Fellaini takes the captain’s armband for the first time during his Manchester United stay.

For Sunderland, the Black Cats seem the best bet to find themselves in the Championship next season. They sit a massive 10 points back of safety, and manager David Moyes has – fairly or unfairly – taken the brunt of the criticism. Today, with all the pressure on, they will be without Adnan Januzaj against his parent club United, while John O'Shea misses out for a second time as he takes leave after the death of his father.

Jermain Defoe starts up front for Sunderland, having not scored since the club’s last win, a 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace back on February 2nd, a win that seems like years ago. Defoe has never scored against a Jose Mourinho-managed team, and if he fires another blank, the Black Cats likely have little chance to save their Premier League status.


Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Oviedo, Denayer, Kone, Larsson, Rodwell, Cattermole, Ndong, Anichebe, Defoe.
Bench: Mannone, Djilbodji, Borini, Pienaar, Khazri, Manquillo, Gibson.

Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic.
Bench: Pereira, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Carrick, Martial, Rashford.

Mourinho: Van Gaal left good team, but I brought belief

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Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are bringing happiness to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, or at least more of it.

The United boss says the club’s turnaround is emotionally-based, and that the cupboard certainly wasn’t bare when he took over the Red Devils last summer.

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United finished fifth in the Premier League last season, tied for fourth with Man City and 15 points back of Arsenal. Mourinho’s men sit in the same spot this year, but are in the semifinals of the Europa League, have won the League Cup, and have the door open to the Top Four.

So what’s different? Here’s the boss, from the BBC:

“I think Mr. Van Gaal left a good group of boys with very good relations between them.

“[But] I think they missed happiness, they missed trust, belief, this extra bit that brings resilience, brings fight and they have it [now].”

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster with the Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw drama, but — like any new manager — Mourinho did have to sort the club. Now we wonder whether he’ll keep it happy or hit a traditional rut by Year Three (assuming he gets there, and United should be very good next season).

Spurs confirm Wembley as 2017-18 home

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May 14 will indeed be the last time Tottenham Hotspur takes the field at White Hart Lane.

Club chairman Daniel Levy has announced that Spurs will play all of its 2017-18 home matches at Wembley Stadium, and that WHL will be demolished in the offseason.

Spurs have a new venue under construction next door to WHL, calling the venue “the heart” of regeneration plans in the region. From

“This marks a momentous day in our Club’s history as it is the day we formally agreed the demolition of our beloved White Hart Lane.

“The Lane means a huge amount to each and every one of us and we needed to gain greater certainty on the delivery of the new stadium before we made the final decision to commence with the decommissioning of our iconic, historic home for some 118 years.

‘We shall ensure that we give the Lane a fitting farewell when we play our last match here on May 14.”

West Ham’s final match at Upton Park was a memorable one last season, thanks not just to the off-field but the on-field as well. The Irons came back to beat Manchester United 3-2 on a Winston Reid goal.

With Manchester United coincidentally (?) serving as the visitor on May 14, with Top Four if not title implications likely still in play, sign us up for a comfortable seat in front of TV.

Pochettino: Derby matters, but this is about title not “Totteringham”

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Mauricio Pochettino is a focused boss, one many of us wouldn’t mind as our manager.

The longtime Espyanol man knows a thing or two about being relegated to second fiddle in town, with Catalan rivals Barcelona enveloping the spotlight 99 times out of 100.

That’s why he’s not even bothering with treating Arsenal and “St. Totteringham’s Day” — the Gunners’ annual celebration of clinching a spot above Spurs in the standings — like anything than a derby date.

“I really don’t think about which position Arsenal are in. My view and focus is to try to win every game and try to win the Premier League.

“For me (finishing above Arsenal) is not a motivation. The motivation for me is to win because it’s a derby and I know what it means to win a derby. My motivation is to try to win some titles with Tottenham, and my players improve every day and show we are better than the opposition.”

Spurs as a club is growing in big ways, and aiming to sit atop the Premier League standings every year. Yes Premier League derbies are important, but aiming to finish above a rival versus above all rivals is short-sighted. Pochettino’s got it right.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks – Week 35

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The Premier League games continue to come thick and fast with 10 matches on the slate this weekend.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the longshots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


West Brom 2-0 Leicester City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Man United 2-0 Swansea City – (Sunday, 7 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Middlesbrough 1-3 Man City – (Sunday, 9:05 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM

Crystal Palace 3-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM


Stoke City 2-2 West Ham – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal – (Sunday, 11:30 am. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Sunderland 1-2 Bournemouth – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, CNBC) – [STREAM

Southampton 2-1 Hull City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


Watford 2-1 Liverpool – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Everton 2-1 Chelsea – (Sunday, 9:05 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM