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Sunderland v Manchester United live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Manchester United – as it happens from the Stadium of Light

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 30 March 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Manchester United at the Stadium of Light to kick-off the weekend's action. Sir Alex Ferguson has set the target for his side, who are likely to regain the Premier League title, to reach the record mark of 95 points ahead of the trip to the North East.

By contrast Martin O'Neill's team have been sucked into the battle against relegation and will be desperate to pick up a positive result following a run of just three points from their last 21 available.

SUNDERLAND v MAN UNITED

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, N'Diaye, McClean, Sessegnon, Graham

Subs: Westwood, Larsson, Wickham, Kilgallon, Colback, Mangane, Mandron

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Vidic, Smalling, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Evra, Evans, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Powell.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

12.11: In the little green box on the right are the full line-ups for this afternoon's match. Rooney, Ferdinand and Giggs aren't even on the bench as Nani, Danny Welbeck and Nick Powell are Ferguson's attacking options, should he need them.

12.07: That said, by Robin van Persie's remarkably high standards, he's going through something of a barren spell. He hasn't scored for United since United's 2-0 win over Everton on February 10. I wouldn't rule him out of getting back to scoring ways domestically today, though. He scored three times in Holland's two international matches during the break…

11.56: Sir Alex obviously has one eye on Monday's FA Cup replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He's starting top goalscorer Robin van Persie but is without Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney in attack. Instead Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa will have to create the openings for the Dutchman from the off.

Stephane Sessegnon was an injury doubt for Sunderland, but he makes the starting XI for Martin O'Neill. There's no time like the present if misfiring new boy Danny Graham is to get off the mark. He hasn't found the back of the net since leaving Swansea for the Stadium of Light in January.

11.55: And Manchester United's team: De Gea, Rafael, Buttner, Smalling, Vidic, Carrick, Valencia, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie

11.54: Here is Sunderland's starting XI: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Bramble, N'Diaye, Gardner, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Graham

Pain: Manchester United saw the title snatched from their grasp at the Stadium of Light last season

Pain: Manchester United saw the title snatched from their grasp at the Stadium of Light last season

11.51: Early team news. United will be without Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs this afternoon. Full teams to follow.

11.45: Good morning one and all. We're an hour away from kick-off in this one and Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping to be heading back to Manchester with his side 18 points clear of rivals City at the top.

Last time United were here in the Premier League it was the final day of the season. Phil Jones, Sir Alex and Co were on the pitch after the 1-0 victory over the Black Cats, applauding the travelling fans and believing they had won the club's 20th league crown. We all know what happened back at the Etihad though, when Sergio Aguero wriggled clear in the QPR box to hit the title-winning goal for City.

United's players will remember that. And now that they are on course to win the league, their players will be keen to avenge the Sunderland fans who performed City's trademark Poznan celebration after City clinched the title last May.

Comfortable winners: United cruised to a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier in the season

Comfortable winners: United cruised to a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier in the season

Alfred N"Diaye joins Sunderland

Sunderland complete first signing of window as N'Diaye joins for 3m from Bursaspor

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

15:29 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Alfred N'Diaye from Turkish side Bursaspor for 3m.

As revealed by Sportmail earlier this week, the 22-year-old has today signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

He is Martin O'Neill's first signing of the January transfer window.

New face: Alfred N'Diaye has joined Sunderland for 3m from Turkish side Bursaspor

New face: Alfred N'Diaye has joined Sunderland for 3m from Turkish side Bursaspor

N'Diaye started his career with Nancy
four years ago and moved to Turkey at the start of last season after
more than 60 appearances in the French top division.

O’Neill,
who is desperate for midfield cover for injured captain Lee Cattermole,
launched a bid for the ball-winning midfielder at the opening of the
transfer window.

Powerhouse: N'Diaye (left) passed a medical on Wearside today and could make his debut against West Ham this weekend

Powerhouse: N'Diaye (left) passed a medical on Wearside today and could make his debut against West Ham this weekend

He told his club's website: 'Alfred is a strong, powerful young player and as such can offer us more strength in depth.

'He will give us options and I'm delighted that we have been able to bring him to the club.'

N'Diaye could go straight into the squad for Saturday's home game with West Ham if he receives international clearance in time.

William Vainqueur wanted by Fulham in January transfer window

EXCLUSIVE: Fulham target January swoop for French midfielder Vainqueur

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 9 November 2012

Martin Jol is ready to strengthen Fulham's midfield with a January move for former France under-21 prospect William Vainqueur.

The Fulham manager has been impressed with a string of forceful performances from the energetic Standard Liege midfielder and is weighing up a 4million bid to bring him to the Barclays Premier League.

French fancy: Vainqueur (left) could join Fulham in January

French fancy: Vainqueur (left) could join Fulham in January

Signed on a five-year deal from Nantes last August, Vainqueur has quickly forged a reputation as one of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League's most dependable midfield anchor men, despite Standard trailing six points behind leading pair Zulte-Waregem and Anderlecht.

His form is also being monitored by St Etienne, but his agent, Meissa N'diaye believes Fulham are showing the strongest interest.

'Fulham are watching William, and I expect them to continue following his form before deciding whether to make a move in the January transfer window,' said N'diaye.

Standard's Turkish keeper Sinan Bolat is also being linked with Fulham, amid reports he is completing his recovery from a long-term injury in London.