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Summary

  1. Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Mata, Rooney, Depay; Martial.
  2. Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, O'Shea, Kaboul, Cattermole, M'Vila, Johnson, Toivonen, Lens, Borini.

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By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

All over at Old Trafford. Easy win in the end for Manchester United, who are top of the Premier League. 

Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

Sunderland pass their way through midfield but Jeremain Lens's effort is deflected and does no harm. 

Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

Four minutes of added time and the final whistle cannot come soon enough for Sunderland.

Morgan Schneiderlin
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GOAL - Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

Juan Mata

United winger Ashley Young has another go at Billy Jones but this time finds Juan Mata at the back post, who takes a touch and fires in from close range. 

Juan Mata
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Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Wayne Rooney wants another, as he bursts forward down the centre of the pitch but is tackled by Younes Kaboul. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Yann M'vila lets go from fully 30 yards but it is high and wide as the Sunderland fans decide it's time to call it a day. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Ashley Young twists and turns down the right, he beats Billy Jones but Wayne Rooney cannot get a foot on the United winger's low cross. 

YELLOW CARD

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Booking for Lee Cattermole as he brings down Morgan Schneiderlin. Frustrating day for Sunderland midfielder, who has done his best but lacked backing from his team-mates. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Matteo Darmian bursts down the United left but his cross is cleared. Wayne Rooney has plenty of time to pass out right too. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Not sure we are facing a Sunderland fightback here. The game is dead and United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is carefully pulling the strings. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Good break from United as Wayne Rooney bursts down the left and pulls back for Juan Mata, whose shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Costel Pantilimon. 

Juan Mata
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

United substitution as Ashley Young replaces Memphis Depay, who has had a good game today. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

So a whole division sets these two teams apart now. The Sunderland fans don't look too chuffed. Can their team turn this around? Not seen too much evidence of that happening so far.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Daley Blind is to make way for Phil Jones. Think the Dutchman is OK, as Jones comes on for his first Premier League appearance of the season.

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland sub as Sebastian Larsson comes on for Ola Toivonen. Daley Blind is getting treatment for clash of heads with Steven Fletcher, but he's fine to continue. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Antonio Valencia twists and turns on the right and crosses for Anthony Martial, whose header is just over. Tony to Tony.

Antonio Valencia
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Michael  Carrick comes off and is replaced by Bastain Schweinsteiger. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Oh what a waste. Anthony Martial collects the ball up front, shrugs off a challenge and puts in Memphis Depay, who is clean through on goal but sticks it straight at Costel Pantilimon. Should have been 3-0.

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial are providing all the smart work in and around the box, darting this way and that.

Anthony Martial
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Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

The Old Trafford faithful are a lot more content now, applauding Anthony Martial for his endeavour and happily clapping some neat tidying-up by Michael Carrick. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

United looking for a third. First a cross is slightly too high for Anthony Martial and then the teenage striker cannot get on the end of Juan Mata's cut-back. The Spaniard might have been advised to strike himself.

GREAT SAVE!

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Manchester United's David De Gea is the saviour again. This time it is Patrick van Aanholt who gets in around the back but when the Sunderland left-back approaches the United goal, De Gea saves with his feet again. 

David De Gea
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Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"Manchester United are not quite playing with the flow and artistry that we come to associate with them." 

'Remarkable' United set to top table

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"To see Manchester United be top of the table tonight, it's quite remarkable, and for City now it seems the wheels are coming off for them."

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Manchester United happy to knock the ball around now. Antonio Valencia is seeing plenty of the ball on the right but has not quite delivered so far when it has been given to him. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe sits as an interested spectator on the Sunderland bench, although he's reported to have had a hamstring problem. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

The Sunderland corner is cleared at the near post. Wasteful. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland pressing higher up the pitch now and win a corner. 

Fabio Borini
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Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

The free-kick is clipped to the back post, the ball arrives in a bundle of players, drops to the floor and Ola Toivonen pokes towards goal from about two yards out. But guess what? David De Gea saves from point-blank range. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland are going to come out of their shell now and Steven Fletcher is brought down by Morgan Schneiderlin as he breaks forward. Free-kick to Sunderland.

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

A couple of goals and the picture looks a lot more rosey. 

ManUtd look great in terms of modern continental style football. The english style is dead, it hasn't won anything for years. #bbcfootball

@TimGWatson what? Barcelona plays like this since several years, people say entertaining, #mufc plays like this & it's boring? #bbcfootball

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Billy Jones hacks Memphis Depay down. Sunderland look shot. 

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

What must Dick Advocaat be thinking? Two goals conceded in two minutes either side of the break. Wayne Rooney ends his longest Premier League goal drought and is now joint-third with Denis Law on the list of United's all-time leading league scorers with 171 goals.

Wayne Rooney
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GOAL - Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Wayne Rooney

Calamity for Sunderland as Anthony Martial bursts into the box and cuts back for Wayne Rooney, who bundles the ball over the line. That's his first goal in 12 league games, most welcome for the United striker

Wayne Rooney scores
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KICK-OFF

Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland make a change and Steven Fletcher is on for Adam Johnson. We are under way. 

Top of the league, as it stands

Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

Whatever you think of the performance at Old Trafford today, this must make quite nice viewing for Manchester United fans. Manchester City were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham earlier today. 

Top league
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Jon: If Sunderland are the worst side in the league, then United are the second worst on this showing! Really poor #MUFC GOAL!

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HALF-TIME

Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

If Sunderland are going to find a way back into this game, they need to find a way of getting near the United area. They have been penned back in their own half for most of the first 45 minutes and only managed 15 touches in the final third of the field (see graphic on the right). United, who have spent most of the game camped outside the Sunderland box, have made significantly more (see graphic on the left).

Touches in the final third for Man Utd (l) and Sunderland (r)
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Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

That goal also takes Manchester United to the top of the Premier League as it stands. 

Seeing the table as it stands, almost brought tear to my eye😢 its been a while. Well done #mufc but awful first half #bbcfootball

United top of the league, hard to believe given form so far. What will it be like when we start playing well!#bbcfootball

Kane... Memphis have scored their 1st prem. goals for the season. Anyone fancy Rooney to break the hoodoo with his display? #bbcfootball

HALF-TIME

Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

That's 11 of Sunderland's 14 Premier League goals conceded before the break. Memphis Depay now has four goals this season.