Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Sunderland v Man United

The former Liverpool defender believes Manchester United will get past Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon

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Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United will limp past Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils have been coming under criticisms in recent weeks following a run of three stalemates in their last four games with Bournemouth, Everton and West Brom.

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of third-placed Liverpool in the race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

The 20-time English champions won the EFL Cup in February and Manchester United have the small matter of a Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht next month.

Sunderland, on the other hand, have been on a miserable run of form and lost 2-0 to defending champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Sunderland on Sunday evening, Lawrenson explained why he expects Jose Mourinho’s side to beat the Black Cats but not in an authoritative manner.

“Sunderland have not scored in any of their past six matches and I think they know the game is up. Another great escape is not going to happen now,” Lawrenson said.

“I am not expecting Manchester United to just brush the Black Cats aside, though. I’ve been at United’s past two games – draws against West Brom and Everton – and they are far from being a free-flowing, attacking side.”

Lawrenson added: “Being away from home might help them on Sunday, however. Sunderland may well start with a defensive outlook, but they need to win and ultimately they will give United more room.”

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Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season but did manage to win the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal.

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