Saturday, 3 October 2009

Manchester United 2-2 Sunderland

Manchester United 2-2 Sunderland

United salvage a point at home to Sunderland with a 92nd minute own goal from Anton Ferdinand. The Black Cats took the lead twice and deserved at least a point from the game.

Darren Bent gave Sunderland a well deserved a lead after just 7 minutes into the first half which Sunderland dominated. United could barely manage a shot and undoubtedly found themselves on the end of one of Alex Ferguson's famous 'hairdryer' treatments.

The Champions came out strong for the second half with verteran Paul Scholes replacing Anderson. The change produced immediate dividends as Anderson was involved heavily on 51 minutes when Dimitar Berbatov scored with a beautiful overhead kick.

However united did not capitalise on the momentum and just 7 minutes later Kenwyne Jones gave Sunderland the lead for the second time with a header that Ben Foster failed to get to first. The inevitable pressure came from United although they never looked like scoring the equaliser until the second minute of stoppage time when Patrice Evra's shot came off the leg of Anton Ferdinand to beat the helpless Craig Gordon.

Just minutes earlier former United midfielder Kieran Richardson received his second yellow card of the game after immaturely kicking the ball away in dissent.

It was a below the par performance from The Champions who will feel lucky to have gained a point even though it was a game they would always expect to win.

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