While Sunderland will consider this a good time to be facing the champions after a midweek trip to Ukraine, the visitors will also look upon this fixture favourably considering the Black Cats are still searching for a permanent successor to Paolo Di Canio.
The Italian didn’t last long at the Wearside club and temporary replacement Kevin Ball was powerless to stop Liverpool running riot last weekend, with United available at odds of 4/6 (BetVictor) to keep their opponents pinned to the bottom of the table.
We all know that the Red Devils squad is slightly better than the one that claimed the title with ease last term although confidence levels have dipped following some shaky performances and the worst of the lot came last weekend where West Brom deservedly left Old Trafford with three points.
Moyes can ill-afford to leave his better players on the bench as he did against the Baggies and that means Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in attack, with Coral going 4/1 about either of them breaking the deadlock in this match.
Rooney missed the 1-1 draw against Shakhtar with an injury although he will return for this match and is possibly the best pick after scoring some excellent free-kicks this season. Marouane Fellaini might enjoy the competitive tussle in midfield and can be backed at 9/1 on the First Goalscorer market.
However, is there where United’s season goes from bad to worse, with odds of 5/1 (Sky Bet) available about the home team being cheered to victory by their supporters? There was plenty of spirit about their post Di Canio performance a week ago, with the players determined to do their best for Ball.
Sunderland briefly looked as though they might claim a point against Liverpool after reducing arrears and will look to run a tighter ship as John O’Shea comes up against several of his former team-mates, while Emanuele Giaccherini has scored in his past two games and the Italian is an 18/1 chance to score the first of this game.
United will be determined to defend stoutly and take the chances that come their way, with a 2-0 away win available at odds of 8/1, while a slender 1-0 victory can be backed at 7/1 and that would see Moyes with a smile on his face during the post-match interview.