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Stadium of Light (ATT 45,426) 5th October 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: Chris Foy

S'land Sunderland vs Manchester United Man Utd

S'land 1

C Gardner (5)


Man Utd 2

A Januzaj (55, 61)

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  1. That's it. Manchester United return to winning ways thanks to Adnan Januzaj's double. The 18-year old was the star of the show as his second half double cancelled out Craig Gardner's early strike. Relief for David Moyes but Sunderland's misery continues. 1-2.

  2. 90+4

    United clear the corner and Cleverley almost breaks but with an open goal, Giaccherini manages to force him wide and puts it out for a throw. Seconds remain.

  3. 90+4

    The ball is towards Westwood but De Gea punches clear. There's a goalmouth scramble and a penalty appeal for handball before another corner is awarded. Westwood stays up.

  4. 90+3

    Smalling is forced to head behind after Wickham's flick on. Sunderland corner. Westwood is forward.

  5. 90+2

    O'Shea launches a free-kick towards the head of Altidore but it eventually rolls into the arms of De Gea.

  6. 90

    There will be five minutes of added time with United seemingly in control of this one.

  7. 89

    Gary Neville names Adnan Januzaj as his Man of the Match and it's hard to argue.

  8. 88

    Big chance for United to seal the three points as Valencia plays van Persie through on goal, only for the striker to poke wide with the outside of his boot when he should have hit the target.

  9. 87

    The visitors look to be in control in the dying minutes as Carrick and Rooney both exchange passes.

  10. 85

    More injury worries for United as Rooney looks to have taken a knock. He's still on his feet but doesn't look to be moving too comfortably.

  11. Chris Smalling replaces the injured Rafael for Manchester United.

  12. 83

    Vidic does well to clear after Larsson guides Cattermole's ball across goal. That could have gone anywhere.

  13. 82

    Jones is forced to put the ball behind for a Sunderland corner after Giaccherini attempted a cross.

  14. 81

    Rafael sees his effort collected by Westwood after cutting inside and shooting on his left foot from the edge of the box.

  15. 80

    O'Shea has his name taken after bringing down Welbeck who was driving forward at speed and looking to burst through on goal.

  16. 79

    Sunderland are still searching for another way through, they're not giving in just yet, but their final ball has often been disappointing this half.

  17. 78

    De Gea smothers the ball after Larsson tried to thread the ball towards the feet of O'Shea who had stormed forward from defence.

  18. Rafael goes into the book for the foul on Colback.

  19. 77

    Colback wins a free-kick inside the Sunderland half as Rafael brings the full-back down right in front of Chris Foy.

  20. Welbeck and Valencia do enter the field with Nani and Januzaj making way.

  21. 75

    David Moyes is also preparing a change with Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck both currently recieving instructions.

  22. Kevin Ball sends on another striker as Connor Wickham comes on for midfielder Ki.

  23. 73

    Rooney smashes over the bar after Rafael did well to play him in. It was a smart first touch and turn but the strike was erratic and far too high.

  24. 71

    O'Shea's long ball forward is collected easily by De Gea. The hosts have struggled to create anything really of note this second half.

  25. 70

    Ji's cross is too high for the leap of Altidore and the ball rolls harmlessly behind for a throw.

  26. 69

    Rooney seems to have dropped into a more deeper role with 20 minutes left on the clock as United look to maintain this lead.

  27. 68

    Manchester United are starting to look really comfortable in possession as some neat play allows Rooney to get into a crossing position, only for him to fail to apply the connection needed.

  28. 67

    Cleverley, who has been quiet for the most part, does well to thwart Giaccherini who was driving forward with intent.

  29. 66

    Rooney manages to keep Evra's overhit cross in play before he wins a throw off Ji.

  30. 65

    A smart flick from van Persie almost plays Nani into a shooting position but the linesman's flag is raised.

  31. 64

    Januzaj glides past Ki and wins a free-kick off the midfielder. He's really enjoying himself out there.

  32. Ji Dong-Won replaces Adam Johnson for Sunderland as Kevin Ball introduces another striker.

  33. 61

    That was really special from the 18-year old who timed his strike to perfection after Nani's cross was headed into his path. Sunderland have it all to do now.

  34. Januzaj adds his second with a wonderful left-footed volley across Westwood's goal. 1-2.

  35. 59

    van Persie is flagged for offside after Januzaj tried to play him through.

  36. 58

    Sunderland are beginning to look frustrated now as Colback's searching ball for Altidore is cut out and they remain pegged back in their own half.

  37. 57

    Westwood gets down well to clutch van Persie's first time strike. It's all Man United at the minute.

  38. 56

    United look to be in the ascendency now as Rooney sees his cross caught by Westwood following more pressure on the Sunderland defence.

  39. Substitution for Sunderland as goalscorer Craig Gardner makes way for Sebastian Larsson.

  40. 54

    Great finish from Januzaj who showed excellent composure there on his first Premier League start. This game is right in the balance now.

  41. Adnan Januzaj equalises for Manchester United, guiding Evra's low cross past Westwood who is rooted to the spot. 1-1.

  42. Craig Gardner goes into the book for a handball after Carrick's header.

  43. 51

    Evra delivers a testing cross towards the back post where van Persie has made a run, but Westwood again does well to clutch the ball.

  44. 50

    Rooney is forced deep to break up play as Sunderland look to force a way through. The United striker eventually brings the ball away after Ji couldn't pick out a cross.

  45. 49

    David Moyes does not looked impressed and he watches on as Giaccherini draws a free-kick from Vidic in a dangerous position. Johnson stands over it.

  46. Januzaj is shown the yellow card for simulation after going down in the box and appealing for a penalty.

  47. 47

    The ball rolls harmlessly into the arms of Westwood after Nani tried to find Rooney with the outside of his boot.

  48. 46

    Early free-kick awarded to Manchester United as van Persie is bundled over. Chance to get a ball into the box but they opt to play it short.

  49. 45

    Manchester United get the second half underway. No changes for either side.

  50. The referee signals for half-time with Craig Gardner's early strike separating the two sides. Manchester United have pressed but Sunderland's resilience at the back has left them frustrated in the final third. 1-0.

  51. 45+1

    Giaccherini smashes the ball against Nani's legs when the winger was looking to cross and it goes behind for a goalkick with seconds of the half remaining.

  52. 45

    Two minutes of stoppage to be played at the end of this first-half.

  53. 44

    United immediately go up the other end and win a corner through Evra. Rooney delivers into the area but Westwood can claim it easily.

  54. 43

    Great chance for Sunderland but Giaccherini blazes over from close range. It was good link up play from Altidore and Johnson, with the cross finding the Italian at the back post, only for him to fire over.

  55. Wayne Rooney goes into the book after hacking down Gardner from behind.

  56. 41

    van Persie's corner is headed clear and Sunderland could counter with Gardner breaking.

  57. 40

    Westwood pushes Nani's strike behind for a corner. It was on target but never really troubling the Republic of Ireland international.

  58. 39

    Januzaj and Nani appear to have now switched wings in the hope of shaking things up.

  59. 38

    Sunderland's resilience in defence continues as Januzaj's strike is blocked after some patient build-up play. There's still no way through for the visitors.

  60. 37

    Celustka makes a vital clearance after van Persie and Rooney almost linked up to create a chance inside the area. Frustrating for the striking pair so far.

  61. 36

    It's a decent delivery from Rooney who looks for the back post but Roberge can head to safety.

  62. 36

    Free-kick to Manchester United which Rooney stands over in a crossing position.

  63. 35

    There's a foul as the corner is delivered and United are awarded a free-kick and the chance to get the ball back upfield.

  64. 34

    Excellent save from De Gea who does magnificently to palm away Giaccherini's header after Johnson's cross. Great stop. Corner to Sunderland.

  65. 33

    Free-kick to Sunderland in a crossing position after Jones fouls Altidore. Ki opts to take it short.

  66. 32

    Westwood confidently comes off his line to collect Evra's cross and ease the pressure on his team-mates.

  67. 31

    Januzaj then gets his cross all wrong and it goes behind for a goalkick. Kevin Ball will be delighted with how his side have defended so far.

  68. 30

    van Persie's knock-down finds Rooney who gets lucky with the bounce but he finds himself crowded out by the Sunderland defence once again.

  69. 29

    Westwood does well to meet van Persie's inswinging corner and punch clear.

  70. 28

    Corner to Manchester United as O'Shea and Roberge crowd out van Persie in the area. The Dutchman to take.

  71. 27

    Colback skips past Rafael far too easily down the left before he finds himself outnumbered by the United defence. It's now Sunderland's turn to attack as Johnson sees his cross headed clear.

  72. 26

    Cattermole does well to win a free-kick inside the Sunderland half after drawing a foul from Nani. This gives them a welcome chance for some respite.

  73. 25

    Sunderland make a rare break but Giaccherini skies his cross way over De Gea's bar on the counter attack.

  74. 24

    They're getting in all the right positions and they're showing they've got the right ideas, but it's been frustrating in the final third so far for Manchester United.

  75. 23

    Another ball into the area from Evra is headed clear by Cattermole before van Persie is eventually dispossessed by Johnson.

  76. 22

    Westwood is called into action again as he smothers the ball after a speculative strike from Januzaj. Much better from United, they're starting to show a bit of intent now.

  77. 21

    Westwood easily collects Evra's cross. The full-back will be disappointed with that delivery as van Persie and Rooney were both lingering in the area.

  78. 20

    It's been an improvement from the visitors in the last few minutes, with David Moyes' side seeming really keen to get the ball into the area.

  79. 19

    Best chance of the game for Manchester United as meets Evra's cross inside the area to sidefoot wide on the volley. The winger was unmarked and really should have hit the target there.

  80. 18

    Giaccherini does take the set-piece but the United wall jumps well as the ball loops into the arms of De Gea.

  81. 17

    Altidore draws a foul from Vidic on the edge of the area. Free-kick to Sunderland in a shooting position. Altidore, Gardner and Johnson all fancy it. As does Giaccherini.

  82. 16

    United patiently try to work a ball into the box with Nani and Evra both seeing their crosses headed clear before Januzaj eventually fires wide. Decent effort from the youngster.

  83. 15

    Early possession stats show Manchester United to have had 55% of the ball so far, with Sunderland on 45% despite their lead.

  84. 14

    The offside flag was shown against Evra whose crossed picked out Rooney, with the striker forcing a smart stop from Westwood.

  85. 13

    O'Shea clears for a throw-in despite pressure from Rooney after van Persie managed to get a ball into the area.

  86. 12

    The corner is picked up by Rooney out wide. He plays in Januzaj who shimmies away from Cattermole before seeing his strike eventually blocked by the midfielder.

  87. 11

    Nani forces a corner off Valentin Roberge which van Persi has gone across to take.

  88. 10

    Rooney rises well to meet Nani's delivery but he can't get the power needed on his header and Westwood gratefully collects.

  89. 9

    Man Utd are currently enjoying a fair bit of possession as they knock the ball around defence just looking to calm things down.

  90. 8

    Gardner really should have done better then but he just looked to be caught in too minds. Worrying start for the visitors and Phil Jones in particular.

  91. 7

    Sunderland are presented another great chance to double the lead. Gardner stole the ball from Jones after some good pressure, he ran through but took too look with Altidore and Giaccherini both waiting in the box and United clear.

  92. 6

    Nani tries a dipping strike from some distance, it's a decent effort but it just evades the post with Westwood outstretched.

  93. 5

    The Stadium of Light is absolutely rocking following that goal. United try to mount an immediate attack...

  94. 4

    What a start for Sunderland! It was some good work from Giaccherini which began the move, his cross should have been cleared by Jones and then Vidic, but it fell free for Gardner who made no mistake.

  95. Craig Gardner fires Sunderland into an early lead after some poor defending from the visitors. 1-0.

  96. 3

    Sunderland win a free-kick on the half-way line after van Persie bundles over Celustka following pressure from Januzaj.

  97. 2

    Altidore is outmuscled by Vidic after Giaccherini tries to play the big striker through. Vidic manages to prevent a corner and puts it out for a throw.

  98. 1

    Early touches for both goalkeepers as long balls over the top are wayward. The crowd is in fine voice during the opening seconds.

  99. 1

    Sunderland get us underway at the Stadium of Light.

  100. The two teams are on the pitch shaking hands, so don't go anywhere as this game is moments away from getting underway.

  101. Under five minutes to go until kick-off in Sunderland now. There's been plenty of confident United fans getting in touch, but after last weekend's improved display against Liverpool, the hosts could be a tough nut to crack, especially with a vociferous home crowd behind them. Thanks to all who have emailed and Tweeted in the build-up.

  102. If you're fancying a flutter this evening, our friends at Sky Bet are offering a number of Price Boosts for this game: 'Moyes' men, who are now 7/1 to retain the title, have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season but are odds-on (8/13) for victory with Sky Bet. Robin van Persie naturally heads the first goalscorer betting and is 4/5 to net anytime, while Jozy Altidore is considered the main threat for the Black Cats but is a long shot at 10/1 to break the deadlock.'

  103. Preview:

    We're just under half-an-hour away from kick-off at the Stadium of Light. In the meantime, why not have a read of our preview to whet the appetite for tonight's game?

  104. STATS:

    Manchester United have never lost a game at the Stadium of Light and they haven't lost three Premier League ties in a row for almost 12 years, meaning that David Moyes would come under even further scrutiny should his men fall to defeat tonight.

  105. STATS:

    Not since March 1997 have Sunderland enjoyed victory over the Red Devils, although the Black Cats' captain that day was none other than current caretaker boss Kevin Ball. His side are rooted to the foot of the table having only picked up one point from their opening six, but they face a United side who have had their worst start to a campaign for 24 years.

  106. So 18-year old Adnan Januzaj is handed his first Premier League start by Moyes. What do you make of the two teams' selections? As always, you can get in touch with your thoughts before, during and after the game. Just Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or drop me a line to and a selection of the best will be published here. I'd love to hear your score predictions too.

  107. MUFC subs:

    Lindegaard, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Valencia, Kagawa.

  108. SAFC subs:

    Cabral, Larsson, Wickham, Cuellar, Dong-won, Borini, Mannone.

  109. MUFC XI:

    De Gea; Rafael, Evra, Vidic, Jones; Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Nani; Rooney, van Persie.

  110. SAFC XI:

    Westwood; Celustka, Colback, O'Shea, Roberge; Cattermole, Ki, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini; Altidore.

  111. Good afternoon and welcome to the live, interactive commentary of the Saturday Night Football clash between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light. With both sides desperate to get back to winning ways, this has the potential to be quite an exciting one. Stay tuned for team news in the next few minutes...

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