Jamie Carragher claims Manchester United are 'desperate'

Louis van Gaal's club are yet to put points on the board but former Liverpool star Carragher believes they're good enough for a Sunderland draw.

Because of the 2-1 loss suffered on the opening day of their Premier League schedule, Manchester United will be "desperate" to get "points on the board" so that they do not leave themselves a mountainous struggle once the international break is complete.

On paper, United have a winnable hat-trick of fixtures remaining in August, with trips to Sunderland and Burnley sandwiched either side of a League Cup encounter in Buckinghamshire against MK Dons.

United exerted a confident, pre-season swagger having gone the entire summer unbeaten in non-competitive bouts, however, manager Louis van Gaal came unstuck in his debut domestic fixture against Swansea City, meaning that their next bout - against the Black Cats on Sunday, August 24 - is now "massive."

"There has been a lot of talk this week about [United's] signings because of the home defeat to Swansea and that will be ramped up again, no doubt if they don’t get the right result against Sunderland," Jamie Carragher said in his Sky Sports column.

"Another defeat would focus all the media attention on who they are going to buy and that could affect the players who are there.

"They need to get something from the next two games because, as with all teams, you don’t want to go into the international break with no points or only one point on the board.

"It creates big pressure for when you came back. I would expect them to get a result up there, either a win or a draw," he concluded.

Would a draw be big enough to appease uneasy supporters, or would it reinforce what the media and fans already know - that the current squad needs reinforcements if Manchester United are to compete at the upper echelons of the Premier League?

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