A trip to Old Trafford is never easy and Sunderland came to discover that when 3 o’clock on Saturday came around. Despite recent results being poor, I had a good feeling about the game ahead, maybe it was because we didn’t have a lot to lose in terms of result and united would be keen to win with Manchester city losing earlier in the day at spurs, meaning a win would send them top. The game started with 4 changes being made in the Sunderland side with Pantilimon, Jones, Cattermole and Kaboul returning to the starting 11. The first ten minutes had past and without having full control over the game, we looked to be defending well. Our game plan was clearly going to be defend deep and look to hit on the counter attack. The half seemed to go by quite slowly with the odd chance here and there but nothing clear cut. The fourth official indicated added time as Daley Blind played a ball back post towards Mata who cushioned it across goal for new signing Memphis Depay to smash home. A real Sucker punch for a Sunderland side who had defended so well. The start of the second half brought Steven Fletcher onto the field for Adam Johnson who was poor first half. 1 minute in saw a ball come forward out of nothing towards the right wing where Martial went past Kaboul with ease and drilled a ball into the box for Rooney to score his first goal of the Season. With a goal coming right before and after half time, It left Sunderland fans thinking it wasn’t going to be our day. The game went into the final quarter with Sunderland showing very little when on the ball and still sitting deep which left fans frustrated once again. The one chance for Sunderland saw Cattermole play a nice ball through to Van Aanholt only for the United keeper to save. The game was put to bed when a ball came across to Ashley Young out on the left, who drilled into the path of Juan Mata, who fired past a helpless Pantilimon. Another loss for Sunderland who are already playing catch up 7 games in.
My Man of the Match would go to Matteo Darmian, shutting out most attacks down the Sunderland Right wing.