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Sunderland 1-2 Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj

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.

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.

David Moyes

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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.

Kevin Ball

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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."

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 20Westwood
  • 12Celustka
  • 14Colback
  • 33Cattermole
  • 16O'SheaBooked at 81mins
  • 29Roberge
  • 8GardnerBooked at 53minsSubstituted forLarssonat 56'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forWickhamat 74'minutes
  • 17Altidore
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forJi Dong-wonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cabral
  • 7Larsson
  • 10Wickham
  • 24Cuéllar
  • 25Mannone
  • 27Ji Dong-won
  • 31Borini

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 2RafaelBooked at 78minsSubstituted forSmallingat 86'minutes
  • 3Evra
  • 23Cleverley
  • 4Jones
  • 15VidicBooked at 70mins
  • 17NaniSubstituted forWelbeckat 77'minutes
  • 16Carrick
  • 20van Persie
  • 10RooneyBooked at 42mins
  • 44JanuzajBooked at 48minsSubstituted forA Valenciaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 2.
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Valentin Roberge (Sunderland).
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Patrice Evra.
Attempt blocked. Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Smalling.
Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).
Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
Valentin Roberge (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Chris Smalling replaces Rafael because of an injury.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Phil Jones.
Attempt saved. Rafael (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

Booking

John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Booking

Rafael (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).
Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia replaces Adnan Januzaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Nani.

Substitution

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

Booking

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).
Offside, Manchester United. Robin van Persie tries a through ball, but Nani is caught offside.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland).

Substitution

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

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

As It Stood

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2Arsenal6501615
3Man City7412913
4Tottenham6411413
5Everton7331112
6Chelsea6321411
7Southampton6321311
8Hull7322-111
9Man Utd7313110
10Aston Villa7313110
11Newcastle7313-310
12West Brom622218
13Cardiff7223-28
14Swansea6213-17
15Norwich6213-27
16Stoke7214-37
17Fulham7214-47
18West Ham6123-15
19Crystal Palace7106-83
20Sunderland7016-111
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