Sunderland vs Manchester United: What time does the match start, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

It's a Premier League match between mega-doomed Sunderland and draw-unhappy Manchester United.

When is it?

This coming Sunday, 9 April.

What time is kick-off?

13.30. Plan your lunch and life accordingly.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports 1, HD and UHD has all of the Sunderland vs Manchester United action you could reasonably expect. We shall, of course, be liveblogging the game too. Right here. Right now. Well, right "at the time it's happening" at least.

What is the team news?

John O'Shea will sit out Sunderland's match against his former club following the death of his father.

O'Shea will spend the weekend with his family in Ireland after missing the midweek defeat at Leicester to attend the funeral.

Adnan Januzaj is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement while Steven Pienaar is close to a return from a calf problem, although fellow midfielder Jan Kirchhoff (knee) is unlikely to play again this season along with defender Paddy McNair and striker Duncan Watmore (both also knee).

Provisional Sunderland squad: Pickford, Mannone, Jones, Manquillo, Denayer, Oviedo, Love, Kone, Djilobodji, Lescott, Cattermole, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Borini, Khazri, Honeyman, Defoe, Anichebe, Maja.

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Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young for Sunday's game.

Captain Rooney missed the midweek clash against Everton with ankle issues, while Young limped forced off with an apparent groin injury against Everton.

Antonio Valencia returns after being rested for the midweek clash, while Juan Mata (groin), Phil Jones (toe) and Chris Smalling (knee) are long-term absentees.

Provisional Man Utd squad:De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Bailly, Blind, Darmian, Shaw, Carrick, Fellaini, Pogba, Herrera, Lingard, Willock, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic

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What are they saying?

Jesse Lingard's new and improved contract has raised some eyebrows, but Jose Mourinho believes it is a "very important" deal for Manchester United.

A late bloomer at Old Trafford, the 24-year-old established himself in the first-team under Louis van Gaal last season after several loan spells.

The past year has seen Lingard score in United's FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield triumphs, as well as establishing himself as a member of the England national team.

That progress led United to agree a new and improved deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2021, with the option for a further year.

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The reported £100,000-a-week wages have shocked some onlookers, but Mourinho believes it is an important deal to wrap up.

"No, I think he is a good player already," Mourinho said when asked if Lingard was different to any preconceptions.

"And because of his age and because of his happiness in the work, I think he has conditions to be even better.

"Apart from that, English, made in the academy - very important for the club these players made at home - so it is a very important contract.

"And I congratulate him and obviously the board to agree with him and to give this stability also for me because it is important for me to know that he is not in danger, that he is in a situation under our control."

While Lingard's United career is on an upward trajectory, Adnan Januzaj's appears to be heading in the opposite direction.

After making such an impressive Old Trafford breakthrough, the 22-year-old has spent this season on loan at Sunday's opponents Sunderland.

Januzaj will be unavailable to face his parent club this weekend and Mourinho says a decision has been made on his long-term future, but would not outline those plans.

Asked if he has decided what he was going to do with the attacking midfielder at the end of the season, Mourinho simply said: "Yes. I have decided. (Can I say what it is?) Not to you."

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While Mourinho aims for the Premier League title next year, the man sacked by United three years ago this month appears to be heading to the Championship.

David Moyes struggled to fill the huge void left by Sir Alex Ferguson and is now in charge of a Sunderland side 10 points adrift of safety, while the Football Association is looking at his threat to "slap" a female reporter.

"I have sympathy with every manager that is fighting hard to reach the objectives and he is in trouble to do it," Mourinho said.

"In the whole season, it happened with so many of us. In the end, there is one team that is going to be champions, there are three teams that are going to be relegated.

"But everyone is a good professional, everyone gives everything, everyone fights all season - some of us we are sacked in the middle of the season.

"It is difficult for everyone so of course I have sympathy that's normal."

What are the odds?

Sunderland win: 9/1
Man Utd win: 1/3
Draw: 4/1

What's our prediction?

Let's ask our friend in the North East Luke Edwards:

"If Sunderland are going to pull off another miraculous relegation escape, it has to start now. Manchester United are vulnerable, look jaded and distracted by the Europa League, but it would still be a huge shock if David Moyes was to beat his former club. Sunderland simply do not look capable of beating anyone at the moment."
Prediction: 1-3

 

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