Manchester United vs Sunderland Old Trafford, Manchester 26th September, 2015; 15:00 BST **** This Manchester United side have some frailties and allied with the injuries in defence it is a wonder that they could be top of the Premier League at 17:00 BST on Saturday. Louis Van Gaala s team enjoyed a decent workout against a second string Ipswich side in the Carling Cup in midweek and are strong favourites entering this match. Their opponents Sunderland are bottom of the league having lost four and drawn two of their opening six matches. After two years of just about managing to beat the drop, this could be the season when the Black Cats are demoted to the Championship. But if they want confidence ahead of a potentially daunting trip to Old Trafford they need to look back to May of 2014 when they won at The Theatre of Dreams thanks to a Sebastian Larsson strike. Team News & Tactics Manchester United […]

As Manchester United look to consolidate their position among the top 4, manager Louis Van Gaal still has a lot of questions to answer. The Premier League season is still in its infancy, the Champions League has just begun, while the start of the other 2 cup competitions is on the horizon. But despite all the activity over the last two seasons, Manchester United still seem far from being a complete team. Few positions are overloaded with full internationals while others are crying out for replacements. Players are being played out of position and the feeling remains that Van Gaal is trying to put square pegs in round holes. Here, TheHardTackle looks at 3 prime areas for the Dutch tactician to ponder over. Shaw injury will unsettle the defence Many expected United to struggle defensively this season and the fact that they have not has been due to the rise of Chris Smalling and the return of Luke Shaw to […]