Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Sunderland v Man United

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's trip to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday

Mark Lawrenson is expecting to see Manchester United ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday lunchtime.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser against Chelsea last weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw in west London.

Louis van Gaal’s men have been struggling to find consistent form in the Premier League all season and have only won three of their last 10 top-flight games.

United are currently fifth in the table and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City heading into the final 13 games of the season.

However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is backing the Red Devils to have too much for the Black Cats on Saturday afternoon.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Manchester United’s playing style has improved a bit in recent weeks but they went back to being more methodical in last week’s draw with Chelsea.

“United got their full-backs forward well at Stamford Bridge but you would not describe them as having played free-flowing football.

“I don’t think we will see too much of that from either side at the Stadium of Light, but I would still back United to come out on top.

“Sunderland fought back well to earn a precious late point at Anfield last week, and I think if Sam Allardyce’s side get anything here then he will see it as a bonus.”

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United finished fourth under Van Gaal last season but were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage back in December.

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