Manchester United will look to keep up their impressive run of form when they entertain Sunderland at Old Trafford after stringing together a run of 11 matches unbeaten, with all eyes on the return of David Moyes at Old Trafford. The Sunderland manager had an ill-fated 10-month spell at United following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, and he returns to the club he managed in 2013/14 with a point to prove - as well as a relegation battle on his hands.
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It’s a big game for…
David Moyes: Who else? The former Manchester United manager returns to Old Trafford, the scene of his greatest failure, for the first time as a manager since being dismissed by the club two-and-a-half years ago. He remains a divisive figure among United’s support and is not wholly assured of a kind welcome.
5-3: The highest-scoring game between these two sides came on Boxing Day in 1950, with the Black Cats taking all three points from Sir Matt Busby’s side at Old Trafford.
Moyes’ United were dumped out of the League Cup semi-finals on penalties by Sunderland in 2014.
Player to watch…
Paul Pogba: The world’s most-expensive footballer finally seems to be coming into his own, after impressive displays against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
Sunderland 2 (Khazri, De Gea og) Manchester United 1 (Martial)
Premier League, February 2016
Manchester United 3 (Depay, Rooney, Mata) Sunderland 0
Premier League, September 2015
Manchester United 2 (Rooney 2) Sunderland 0
Premier League, February 2015
Manchester United: DDWWW
Kick-off time: 3.00pm
TV: Highlights on BBC One, 10.55pm
Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Boxing Day Premier League action, with eight games set to kick-off a busy festive schedule. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all feature today, while Sam Allardyce makes his Premier League return with Crystal Palace after replacing Alan Pardew on Friday night, with the Eagles taking on Watford in the opening game of the day.
With everyone still in the Christmas spirit, sit back and relax as we bring you all the goals as they go in.
TEAM NEWS: Watford have made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend. Captain Troy Deeney and Juan Zuniga are omitted from the starting XI for Odion Ighalo and Daryl Janmaat as Walter Mazzarri looks to bounce back from consecutive league defeats.
Sam Allardyce has marked his first game in the Palace dugout with two alterations to the side that lost 1-0 to league leaders, Chelsea, last weekend. In an attacking line-up, Allardyce has opted for Andros Townsend and Mathieu Flamini over regular starters James McArthur and Joe Ledley.
STAT: Crystal Palace haven't kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since Boxing Day last year in a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth. Big Sam's introduction couldn't have come sooner.
No Troy Deeney? Watford scored three goals against Palace in the Premier League and the FA Cup last season and they all came from their skipper. Deeney scored Watford's equaliser during their 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley in May and a brace to secure a 2-1 win over the Eagles at Selhurst Park earlier last season. Massive call to leave him out of the game today.
KEY MAN: Christian Benteke. The Belgium striker is beginning to come into his own at Palace after failing to impress during his short stay at Liverpool. After scoring six goals in his last seven away games for the Eagles, Benteke is proving to be an impressive outlet for Palace away from Selhurst Park and will be a big threat again at Vicarage Road.
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