David Moyes has insisted his side have missed forward Victor Anichebe's presence, and he is ready to throw him straight back into the team for their final survival push. Anichebe has been out with a knee injury since January.
He returned to action as a substitute in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Leicester and Moyes is pleased to have him back for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.
He said “We have missed Victor because, if you look, we have not scored enough goals this season, we have had as our attacking players Fabio Borini, Adnan Januzaj, Wahbi Khazri, Jermain Defoe and the other was Victor Anichebe, who gave us a completely different type of centre-forward from all the others. He was the only one we had different, so if he got injured then we were going to be in trouble. He never got started this season, but when he did come in he made a big impact for us. You have got to remember, Victor was a free transfer. There wasn't another Premier League club took him during the window. We took him and he's actually come in and when he's played the games for us he's done really well.”
Sunderland host United at the Stadium of Light on Sunday lying 10 points adrift of safety with just eight games remaining and having won only one of their last 13.