Sunderland v Manchester United
United are looking to bounce back against SunderlandReuters

Manchester United travel to the north east of England to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League on Sunday.

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After a very successful pre-season tour, where they beat the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Valencia, Roma and Inter Milan, United suffered a shock 1-2 defeat at the hands of Swansea City at Old Trafford in the Premier League season opener last week.

The result was disappointing considering United, who had crushed the Swans 4-0 in the opener last season, registered an opening day loss in their own back yard for the first time since 1972.

The Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, despite admitting he was disappointed with the result, insisted that his side has enough time to make a comeback.

"Of course I am very disappointed to lose - for the players and fans and for myself and my staff. But we have to remember this is only one of many games and nobody is champions now. You are the champions in May, not October," Van Gaal told BBC.

The Dutchman's new 3-5-2 system did not prove to be successful against Swansea and he was forced to change to a 4-3-3 formation after the Swans took the lead.

The former Barcelona boss has asked United fans to be patient as he tries to implement his new "philosophy" at Old Trafford.

"I've already said in all the press conferences in the USA that it shall be difficult in the first three months for the players especially, but also for the fans," the Dutchman told the club's official website.

"I am not hired to be fired, but to build up a team and that is a process which needs time. I have brought another philosophy to the club and that is difficult."

Van Gaal's philosophy will certainly be thoroughly tested when they face a determined Black Cats, who will be looking for some positive results early on in the season, after nearly being relegated last season.

Sunderland, despite getting off to a flying start in their last fixture against West Brom, were nearly defeated as they lost control of the game. However, they were able to salvage a point, thanks to Sebastian Larsson's late equaliser.

And despite their disappointing performance against the Baggies, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet feels his United counterpart will be under more pressure.

"Manchester United have to finish higher than seventh this season," Poyettold the Guardian. "I cannot see United going another year without being in the Champions League. That would be really bad for them."

The Uruguayan is certain that his side will make it very difficult for the Red Devils at the Stadium of Light.

"When Van Gaal went to Barcelona it was very difficult for a bottom team to go to Camp Nou and beat Barcelona. It happened once every 10 years but there are more shock results in England. We're in good shape and we want to make it very difficult for Manchester United."

Team news

Manchester United : The Red Devils will be without the services of Marouane Fellaini and new signing Ander Herrera as both have been ruled out with the ankle injuries they picked up during training.

Luke Shaw (hamstring), Michael Carrick (ankle) and Jonny Evans (leg), who all missed out United's Premier League opener against Swansea will miss this game too as they are still recovering from their respective injuries.

Brazilian defender Rafael is also a doubt for this game due to a groin problem. United's latest addition Marcos Rojo may also miss out as he is still awaiting the work permit.

However, on a brighter note, Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia will return to the squad, after missing the Swansea game.

Sunderland : The Black Cats will be boosted by the return of defenders Billy Jones and Santiago Vergini, who both missed the opening game due to injuries.

However, Italian midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini will again miss this game as he is still recovering from a groin injury.

Expected Lineups

Manchester United: de Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blackett; Valencia, Fletcher, Cleverley, Mata, Young; Rooney, van Persie

Sunderland: Mannone; Roberge, O'Shea, Brown, van Aanholt; Cattermole; Johnson, Rodwell, Larsson, Buckley; Fletcher

Prediction: 3-2 to United

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