United look to return to winning ways versus Sunderland; Robin van Persie injured

Wayne Rooney

Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Sunderland at Old Trafford, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Manchester United host Sunderland looking to bounce back from defeat to Swansea City and maintain a place in the Premier League's Champions League qualification places.

The Black Cats, meanwhile, will be hoping for a repeat performance of their 1-0 win at Old Trafford last May - their first victory at United's ground since 1968 and a result which helped Gus Poyet's men avoid relegation.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Saturday's encounter:

10 - Manchester United have won 10 and lost just one of their 13 Premier League home games against Sunderland (D2). Sunderland have won just one of their last 25 Premier League games against the Red Devils (W1 D6 L18), but that came in their last visit to Old Trafford.

6 - United's leading goalscorer, Robin van Persie, has scored six goals in five Premier League starts at home against Sunderland for Arsenal and the Red Devils. The Dutchman is, however, unavailable for the weekend encounter after leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches after an awkward fall in the closing stages of the 2-1 loss to Swansea.

 Manchester United Top Scorers 2014/15

PositionTeamAppearancesGoals
Robin van Persie FW Man Utd 24 10
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 22 8
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 21 5

2 - Jermain Defoe has already scored twice in five appearances for Sunderland since his January move from MLS outfit Toronto FC. The 32-year-old has attempted 10 shots in total, out of which four have been on target, with two finding the net. He is the Black Cats' leading scorer for 2015.

 Sunderland Top Scorers 2015 PositionTeamAppearancesGoals
Jermain Defoe FW Sunderland 5 2
Adam Johnson MF Sunderland 7 1
Sebastian Larsson MF Sunderland 7 1

78 - Only Arsenal's David Ospina (83%) has a better saves to shots ratio than Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon (78%) this season (minimum of 20 shots on target faced). The Black Cats shot stopper has made 3.29 saves per game this term, while David de Gea has averaged 2.31.

8 - Louis van Gaal's side have conceded exactly once in eight of their last 11 home league games, keeping three clean sheets. Meanwhile, Gus Poyet's Black Cats have scored just 10 goals in their last 15 Premier League matches, with four of those coming in their last three away games.

  Matches PlayedGoals Conceded per GameClean Sheets
Sunderland 26 1.38 9
Man Utd 26 1 7

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