Black Cats lose in Manchester.
By James, Junior Black Cats Reporter
17th December, 2012
Sunderland suffered defeat, but this time to 19-time champions Manchester United.
United’s 15th minute goal was the first real chance of the game. Ashley Young on the left got past right back Carlos Cuellar and his cross seemed easy for O’Shea to deal with. However, the Irishman accidentally found Robin Van Persie and the Dutchman was never going to miss from 8 yards.
Only three minutes later, a Carrick pass split the whole Sunderland defence open and Tom Cleverley was on the end of the pass. He then curled the ball around Mignolet from a tight angle to make Sunderland’s task even harder.
Sunderland could have been back in it though only a few minutes later. James McClean managed to get the ball off Rio Ferdinand and if he had played the ball to Fletcher, it would have almost certainly been 2-1. However, he chose to shoot and it was saved by David De Gea in the United goal.
At half time the again injured Steven Fletcher was replaced by the progressing Connor Wickham. One minute after the substitution, things could have got a lot worse for Sunderland as Wayne Rooney hit the bar. Again, the Lads could have been back in it with Gardner’s chance. From a position he almost always scores from, his tame effort was easily handled by the ‘keeper.
Sunderland paid the price for these missed chances on 59 minutes. Robin Van Persie somehow managed to get through Cuellar and Bramble and then crossed the ball in. It looked like the combination of O’Shea and Colback could clear the ball but both left it and Rooney came in to give the battling Black Cats no chance of a comeback.
However, United fell asleep and allowed Sessegnon a run at the defence. His shot was parried by De Gea and after a corner Sessegnon found himself on the wing. He crossed the ball and sub Fraizer Campbell was there to nod in an easy finish on 72 minutes. James McFadden made his debut for the Lads and showed a few good touches.
This defeat means SAFC are in 16th and makes Southampton away next week an important game.
Simon Mignolet, Carlos Cuellar, Jack Colback, Titus Bramble, John O’Shea, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner, Adam Johnson, James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher.