• English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,582
Man UtdMan UtdvSunderlandSunderland
  • van Persie, 16
  • Cleverley, 19
  • Rooney, 59
  • Campbell, 72

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: MAN UTD 3-1 SUNDERLAND. There is the final whistle! United had the game won inside 20 minutes after a fine start and by the time Sunderland got started it was already over.

90 mins:We will have three minutes of added time.

89 mins:Into the final minutes now and it looks like United are going to see this out comfortably in the end.

87 mins:Lovely work from Phil Jones to drive into the box and chip to the far post but its a touch too high and Van Persie can't get the header on target.

86 mins:A change for the visitors with Colback limping off and James McFadden replaces him.

85 mins:Classic wing play from Valencia as he turns his marker inside and out before firing in a cross that is just too fast for Young.

83 mins:Another chance for Sunderland with Larsson feeding Wickham and De Gea saves with his legs.

80 mins:Delightful from United with Scholes running from deep to play a one-two with Van Persie but Colback denies him before he can finish.

78 mins:United have responded to Sunderland's improvement and are just trying to up the tempo of their own game again.

76 mins:Sunderland are starting to ask real questions now as Campbell loses Smalling and fires across goal but Jones does superbly to clear from under his own bar.

74 mins:United make their final change as Ryan Giggs replaces Cleverley.

72 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 3-1 SUNDERLAND. Sunderland have one back! United fail to clear a corner and when Sessegnon retrieves the ball he finds CAMPBELL unmarked to head home.

71 mins:Stephane Sessegnon chances his arm from 25 yards and it bounces awkwardly for De Gea who makes a good stop.

69 mins:Sunderland also make a change with Frazier Campbell replacing Adam Johnson.

68 mins:A huge cheer from the home fans now as Nemanja Vidic returns from injury in place of Rio Ferdinand.

65 mins:If it wasn't a complete stroll before that third goal then United are certainly easing through this one now.

64 mins:A superb ball from Cleverley picks out Young at the far post and it's a brave block from Bramble to keep him out.

62 mins:And now they are motoring again with Valencia waiting for Jones' overlap and when it comes the full back is well denied by Mignolet.

59 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 3-0 SUNDERLAND. That's the clincher! Van Persie superbly evades two challengers and picks out WAYNE ROONEY who taps home from a yard.

58 mins:United sit off Conor Wickham and allow him to let fly from 25 yards and David De Gea has to watch it over.

55 mins:The hosts are still bossing the play but they're not on full power at the moment.

52 mins:An industrious challenge from Craig Gardner is fortunate to escape without further action as he fells Young.

49 mins:Super double save! Encouragement for Sunderland as David De Gea has to be at his best to keep out Wickham and then Sessegnon from close range.

47 mins:Off the bar! Valencia drives beyond his marker and cuts back for Rooney whose shot clatters out off the cross bar.

46 mins:The second half is underway. Sunderland have brought on Conor Wickham for Steven Fletcher, while Paul Scholes has replaced Michael Carrick for United.

45 mins:HALF TIME: MAN UTD 2-0 SUNDERLAND. A fine first half from United as they go into cruise control. Sunderland have struggled to contain them and it looks like game over already.

45 mins:A long range strike from James McClean forces De Gea into a save down low to his left.

42 mins:The half is winding to a close and its hard to see Sunderland finding a way back into this.

40 mins:Patrice Evra rises highest at the near post as United threaten from a corner again but the header loops over.

38 mins:Good pressure from Sunderland as Sessegnon hits a shot and Evra makes a fine block.

36 mins:United open up Sunderland again and this time it's Carrick but his shot is deflected wide by Bramble.

34 mins:A slack pass from Bramble lets Van Persie in behind but he can't pick out Rooney.

32 mins:Another chance for the hosts as Van Persie's corner is met by Jones but the header is well wide.

30 mins:Half an hour gone and United are on cruise control already.

28 mins:The pace of United's counter attacking is frightening and Young and Valencia go from one end to the other in a matter of seconds to almost create a chance for Van Persie.

25 mins:First glimpse for Sunderland as McClean robs Ferdinand but he selfishly tries to beat De Gea who makes an easy save. Fletcher and Johnson were waiting for the tap in.

23 mins:And here they come again as Evra wriggles away from two men and finds Rooney but his header skims the outside of the post.

22 mins:And it should be 3-0! Young finds Van Persie and his down header falls for Rooney to hit but he skews his volley wide from eight yards.

19 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 2-0 SUNDERLAND. I appear to have given Sunderland the kiss of death as Carrick feeds the run of TOM CLEVERLEY and he curls beyond Mignolet.

18 mins:United almost double their lead immediately as Jones' cross is met by Van Persie and Mignolet makes a super save.

16 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 1-0 SUNDERLAND. Or maybe not? Young powers beyond Cuellar and wriggles in a cross for ROBIN VAN PERSIE to place into the top corner.

15 mins:The Black Cats look pretty well organised as a defensive unit at the moment and it's going to be tough for United to break down.

12 mins:Awful clearance from Fletcher and it falls straight to Evra but the Frenchman fires over from 12 yards.

10 mins:Sunderland have done well to see out the opening ten minutes here but they haven't really had a meaningful touch of the ball.

7 mins:And Young goes close again as Sunderland can't clear the corner and Mignolet has to tip over.

6 mins:A lovely move from United and Carrick's slide rule pass finds Young whose shot is well blocked by O'Shea.

5 mins:With Sunderland missing both their usual full-backs you can safely assume that Valencia and Young will be given plenty of the ball today.

2 mins:A decent start from the hosts as Phil Jones drives into the box but Mignolet holds his low cross well.

1 mins:We are underway at Old Trafford.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Cuellar, Colback, O'Shea, Bramble, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie.

Sunderland found a much needed win against Reading in midweek but boss Martin O'Neill will know that this will be a very tough afternoon.

United will be in high spirits after the last gasp derby victory last weekend and will be looking to take the gap back to six points after City won earlier.

Good afternoon and welcome to Old Trafford as table topping Manchester United host Sunderland.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,582
Man UtdMan UtdvSunderlandSunderland
  • van Persie, 16
  • Cleverley, 19
  • Rooney, 59
  • Campbell, 72

match report

Goals from Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney saw Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-1 and restore their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Van Persie notched on 16 minutes, Cleverley scored three minutes later and Rooney added a second-half effort before substitute Fraizer Campbell headed a consolation against his old club for the Black Cats.

The 3-1 win came after Manchester City had beaten Newcastle by the same scoreline in the early kick-off and handed the advantage back to United in the title race.

Buoyed by their last-gasp 3-2 derby win over City on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson's side started strongly at Old Trafford, with Phil Jones forcing Simon Mignolet into an early save.

The Sunderland keeper then had to tip over a powerful dive from the edge of the box from Ashley Young, while Patrice Evra shot over soon afterwards.

United's pressure paid off when Van Persie slotted home from eight yards out after John O'Shea deflected Young's cross into his path.

Mignolet then produced a great save to his left to deny a Van Persie header, but could do nothing to stop Cleverley's shot into the bottom corner after the United midfielder had played a delightful one-two with Michael Carrick to open the Sunderland defence up.

Now well on top, Rooney shot wide after Van Persie had teed up his strike partner, and then headed just wide from Evra's cross.

But Sunderland refused to lie down and accept defeat. First James McClean forced David De Gea into a near post save and Evra had to head out Stephane Sessegnon's powerful effort.

McClean's long-range effort then took a slight deflection off Cleverley but De Gea saved as United went into the interval with their two-goal lead intact.

Soon after the restart, Titus Bramble deflected Rooney's close-range effort onto the bar, while at the other end, De Gea produced a great double save to first deny Craig Gardner and then Sessegnon.

Van Persie shot wide while trying to chip the onrushing Mignolet, before he did well to tee up Rooney for United's third on 59 minutes to seal the three points.

United club captain Nemanja Vidic came on for his first appearance since September but could not stop substitute Campbell heading home Sessegnon's cross from close range as Sunderland earned a consolation goal with 18 minutes remaining.

team line-up

1David De Gea
4Phil Jones
3Patrice Evra
12Chris Smalling
5Rio Ferdinand68
10Wayne Rooney
7Antonio Valencia
18Ashley Young
16Michael Carrick46
23Tom Cleverley73
20Robin van Persie


22Paul Scholes46
13Anders Lindegaard
11Ryan Giggs73
19Danny Welbeck
15Nemanja Vidic68
24Darren Fletcher
14Javier Hernández


Chris Foy

team line-up

22Simon Mignolet
16John O'Shea
24Carlos Cuéllar
14Jack Colback85
19Titus Bramble
8Craig Gardner
21Adam Johnson68
23James McClean
28Stéphane Sessegnon
7Sebastian Larsson
26Steven Fletcher45


10Connor Wickham45
25Louis Saha
20Keiren Westwood
9Fraizer Campbell68
12Matthew Kilgallon
15David Vaughan
11James McFadden85


Chris Foy

match stats

possession %6138
shots on target57
shots off target94
tackles won1219