Sunderland v Manchester United: Latest team news

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Louis van Gaal is without eight first-team players for Manchester United’s game at Sunderland.

Long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Antonio Valencia (foot), Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and Ashley Young (groin) remain sidelined while Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj and Guillermo Varela all came off with unspecified injuries in the under-21s’ 7-0 win over Norwich on Monday.

Striker Will Keane has been rewarded for his five-goal haul against the Canaries with a place in the matchday squad for Saturday’s fixture at the Stadium of Light.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Tuanzebe, Smalling, Blind, McNair, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini, Goss, Depay, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Martial, Rooney, Keane.

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will have a series of selection decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Midfielder Adam Johnson was sacked on Thursday evening after pleading guilty to charges of grooming and sexual activity with a child, while defender Younes Kaboul and striker Duncan Watmore are both out with ankle ligament injuries and midfielder Jeremain Lens is a doubt with a suspected hernia problem.

Full-back Billy Jones is struggling to shake off a hip injury and the game is likely to come too soon for midfielder Sebastian Larsson following his return to training following a long-term knee problem, although striker Fabio Borini is available after missing the trip to Liverpool because of a virus.

Provisional squad: Mannone, Pickford, Van Aanholt, Yedlin, O’Shea, Jones, Kone, Brown, Beadling, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Lens, Borini, Rodwell, Toivonen, Defoe, N’Doye.

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