Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj rescued manager David Moyes from another hazardous situation as he inspired a vital victory at Sunderland.

Moyes knew three points were essential at the Stadium of Light after successive Premier League defeats by Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion - but Craig Gardner's early goal gave struggling Sunderland a deserved half-time lead.

United could have been in deeper trouble had goalkeeper David De Gea not saved magnificently from Emanuele Giaccherini's header before 18-year-old Januzaj celebrated his first league start with a double strike to turn the game around.

Who is Adnan Januzaj?

  • Januzaj was born on 5 February 1995 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • He spent six years as a youth player at Anderlecht before joining United as a 16-year-old in 2011.
  • Januzaj was an unused substitute in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game as United manager, away to West Brom in May.
  • He made his competitive debut for United in the Community Shield against Wigan.
  • His first Premier League appearance was as a substitute against Crystal Palace on 14 September.

Januzaj demonstrated great composure to slide Patrice Evra's cross past Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood 10 minutes after the break, then showed wonderful technique to score with a left-foot volley to put United in the ascendancy six minutes later.

It was tough on Sunderland, who provided a glowing reference for interim head coach Kevin Ball's credentials to succeed the sacked Paolo Di Canio before they were deflated by Januzaj's brilliance and ran out of steam.

The gifted youngster's goals and performance brought great relief for Moyes, who had been under the spotlight following United's indifferent start to the season and embarrassing defeats in the Manchester derby and at home to West Brom.

It may not have been United at their most fluent but a win was the sole priority on Wearside and Moyes will now hope the reigning Premier League champions move towards top gear.

For Sunderland, it was another defeat that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with only one point from seven games - but they can take heart from many aspects of this performance and will look back on De Gea's brilliant save as the decisive moment.

Januzaj a real talent - Moyes

Moyes was able to pair the returning Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack - but it was at the back where United had all the problems.

And they were in evidence inside five minutes when Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic failed miserably to deal with Giaccherini's cross and the loose ball was drilled low past De Gea by Gardner.

There were ominous signs for United in their failure to cope with Jozy Altidore's physical approach, with even the usually formidable Vidic struggling to contain the powerful striker as he was brushed effortlessly off the ball in some fierce exchanges.

United, wisely given the vulnerability of their defence, were attempting to keep Sunderland back - but that was no easy task against a side bristling with energy and making a complete nonsense of their early season struggles.

Nani had the visitors' best first-half opportunity but volleyed carelessly across the face of goal from Evra's inviting cross.

It took a world-class save from De Gea to stop Sunderland extending their lead when Adam Johnson crossed for Giaccherini. The diminutive forward was alone and was turning away to celebrate a headed goal when De Gea produced a quite magnificent flying save, one-handed and away to his right.

Giaccherini could blame no-one but himself when he wasted another opportunity as half-time approached, scooping over from eight yards after Johnson weaved through more shambolic work from United's defenders.

Ball regrets missed opportunities

Januzaj had shown flashes of promise, though he was booked for a clear dive, and turned them into the finished product to put United level after 55 minutes when he timed his arrival perfectly to meet Evra's cross with a calm side-footed finish.

His second goal to complete the turnaround six minutes later was even better, showing real class to send a low left-foot volley past Westwood when Sunderland defender John O'Shea could only partially clear a cross.

Van Persie wasted an opportunity to make the scoreline more emphatic as he missed when clean through on Westwood - but Moyes looked a satisfied man as he celebrated at the final whistle.

Sunderland interim head coach Kevin Ball:

"I thought the first half we worked ever so well. I thought we deserved the goal and we had a couple more chances.

"Half time comes and we have the lead, but you are aware that the opposition will come out firing in the second half and that is what they did. In the Premier League you need to take your chances."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 20 Westwood
  • 12 Celustka
  • 14 Colback
  • 33 Cattermole
  • 16 O'Shea Booked
  • 29 Roberge
  • 08 Gardner Booked (Larsson - 56' )
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng (Wickham - 74' )
  • 17 Altidore
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 11 Johnson (Ji Dong-won - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Cabral
  • 07 Larsson
  • 10 Wickham
  • 24 Cuéllar
  • 25 Mannone
  • 27 Ji Dong-won
  • 31 Borini

Manchester United

  • 01 De Gea
  • 02 Rafael Booked (Smalling - 86' )
  • 03 Evra
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 04 Jones
  • 15 Vidic Booked
  • 17 Nani (Welbeck - 77' )
  • 16 Carrick
  • 20 van Persie
  • 10 Rooney Booked
  • 44 Januzaj Booked (A Valencia - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Giggs
  • 12 Smalling
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 26 Kagawa
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 45,426

Match Stats

Shots

6 13

On target

2 6

Corners

4 4

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 2.

90:00 +5:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 2.

90:00 +4:22

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:22

Foul by Valentin Roberge (Sunderland).

90:00 +3:47

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

90:00 +3:25

Attempt blocked. Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:00

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

90:00 +1:49

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

90:00 +1:49

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:43

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:43

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

89:55

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:55

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

89:35

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

89:35

Valentin Roberge (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:10

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a through ball.

85:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Chris Smalling replaces Rafael because of an injury.

82:09

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Phil Jones.

80:53

Attempt saved. Rafael (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

80:11 Booking

Booking John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:06

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:06

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

77:31 Booking

Booking Rafael (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:04

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

77:04

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia replaces Adnan Januzaj.

76:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Nani.

73:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Connor Wickham replaces Ki Sung-Yueng.

73:06

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rafael.

69:44 Booking

Booking Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:26

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

69:26

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:10

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:10

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

65:37

Offside, Manchester United. Robin van Persie tries a through ball, but Nani is caught offside.

65:03

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:03

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland).

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ji Dong-Won replaces Adam Johnson.

60:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester United 2. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

59:42

Offside, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

57:40

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

55:49

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:49

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

55:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson replaces Craig Gardner because of an injury.

54:49

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:49

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

54:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

52:40 Booking

Booking Craig Gardner (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

52:24

Hand ball by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

48:39

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

48:39

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:49 Booking

Booking Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

47:46

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

45:30

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:30

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +0:09

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:09

Foul by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

44:18

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John O'Shea.

43:23

Attempt missed. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

43:20

Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

41:02 Booking

Booking Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:54

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

40:54

Craig Gardner (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:08

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

40:06

Attempt saved. Nani (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rafael.

38:46

Hand ball by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

38:38

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

34:52

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:52

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

33:50

Offside, Sunderland. Adam Johnson tries a through ball, but Emanuele Giaccherini is caught offside.

33:24

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David De Gea.

33:21

Attempt saved. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

32:15

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

32:15

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:08

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:08

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland).

28:18

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Valentin Roberge.

26:21

Foul by Nani (Manchester United).

26:21

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:47

Attempt saved. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

22:34

Nani (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:34

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

20:07

Attempt missed. Nani (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

19:07

Attempt blocked. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:07

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

18:07

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:58

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

14:37

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:37

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

13:48

Offside, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj tries a through ball, but Patrice Evra is caught offside.

12:06

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

12:06

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:57

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:22

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Valentin Roberge.

6:41

Attempt missed. Nani (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

4:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester United 0. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

2:48

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

2:48

Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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