Bramble in for Sunderland’s United test

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Sunderland went into their game at Manchester United buoyed by their midweek win over Reading but taxed by injuries – neither Phil Bardsley nor Danny Rose able to shake off injuries sustained against the Royals.

Martin O’Neill’s solution was to play Jack Colback at left-back in place of Rose while asking Carlos Cuellar to move over to right-back to accommodate a central defensive pairing of John O’Shea and Titus Bramble.

That allowed O’Neill to keep Craig Gardner in a central midfield he shared with Seb Larsson.

MAN UTD: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Vidic, Welbeck, Scholes, Fletcher

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Cuellar, O’Shea, Bramble, Colback, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Saha

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)