Three Sunderland games selected for Sky TV broadcast - Man United, Palace and Chelsea

Gus Poyet - bring it on!
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SUNDERLAND first home game of the season against Manchester United will be broadcast live on Sky.

The match, one of new Man United manager Louis van Gaal’s first in charge of the Red Devils, will now move to a 4pm kick-off on Sunday, August 24.

The glamour game is one of three Black Cats’ matches to be initially selected by Sky Sports with November games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea also taken up.

Sunderland’s trip to Selhurst Park has been rescheduled for a Monday evening kick-off, 8pm on Monday, November 3, while the Chelsea game at the Stadium of Light now has a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, November 29.

BT Sport have also announced their schedule of televised fixtures up until the end of November, but Sunderland do not feature on the 12 games selected.

Further games selected from December onwards will be announced later.

All three games will have a certain amount of spice to them.

Sunderland beat Man United in two of their four meetings last season and triumphed in a Capital One Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out which hastened the departure of manager David Moyes and the Red Devils will surely be looking to extract some revenge.

Meanwhile the game at Selhurst Park last season ended in a 3-1 Sunderland defeat to an Eagles side which were reckoned relegation fodder at the time.

That game was memorable for Ji Dong-won ducking out of a great goal-scoring opportunity, John O’Shea sent off and a Paolo Di Canio rant which presaged the end of the controversial Italian’s Sunderland reign.

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s last encounter with Chelsea was the unforgettable victory at Stamford Bridge which ended with Jose Mourinho’s remarkable 77-game unbeaten run at the Bridge coming to an end courtesy of goals from Connor Wickham and Fabio Borini and there’s no doubt the Special One will want his players to prove a point when the two sides meet again in the 2014-15 campaign.