There has been talk of Jose Mourinho getting a contract extension at Manchester United. Seriously. The reason? United are on a ten game unbeaten run in all competitions. Only four of those wins have come in the Premier League but this is the state of the club at the minute. They won the FA Cup in May but United fans haven’t had much to cheer in recent seasons.
After a stuttering start, Mourinho is starting to look like he’s found his settled team and that this team is capable of doing something special. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo – a sicknote and substandard reserve prior to the current run – look terrific in the centre of defence. It won’t stop the club from bringing in Victor Lindelof for £38 million but it does pose a selection headache.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is almost in the form of his life at the minute. He’s scored 15 goals this season and represents astonishing value after his free transfer from PSG in the summer. Paul Pogba is also beginning to show his best form and was man of the match in the recent win against Crystal Palace, scoring one and assisting another in the 2-1 victory.
Expect Mourinho to name an unchanged team. He may find it tough against a Sunderland side who aren’t ashamed to park the bus. David Moyes returns to Old Trafford for the first time since being sacked as United boss in 2014. That seems like a lifetime ago if it seems real at all. He claims to have buried the hatchet with Ed Woodward following the manner of his dismissal.
Manchester United predicted XI: De Gea, Darmian, Rojo, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Pogba, Herrera, Rashford, Martial, Ibrahimovic
Sunderland predicted XI: Pickford, Koné, van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Denayer, Love, Ndong, Januzaj, Anichebe, Defoe, Borini