Late goal denies SAFC first away win against United in over 40 years.
03 October 2009
A valiant Sunderland effort nearly produced the Black Cats first win at Old Trafford since 1968 but a late own-goal from Anton Ferdinand gave United a share of the spoils.
Sunderland looked comfortable and dominated large parts of the game, Lee Cattermole and Andy Reid particularly impressing.
It was Cattermole’s defence splitting pass that set Darren Bent on his way to opening the scoring on seven minutes.
Bent swivelled and shot in one movement and hammered past Ben Foster to give the visitors a deserved early lead.
United levelled the score early in the second-half, Craig Gordon did well to keep out Rooney's effort at the near post only for John O'Shea to return a cross that Dimitar Berbatov met with an overhead kick, steering the ball into the right corner.
It took the Black Cats just five more minutes to regain the lead, though, Reid came forward with purpose and chipped a ball into box before Kenwyne Jones and Foster went up together and, as the pair collided, the Sunderland striker nodded the ball into an empty net.
United were offered a glimmer of hope as Kieran Richardson was sent off when he kicked the ball away and was cautioned for the second time.
That led to a spell of United pressure, and, as so often happens with the Red Devils, that pressure told when Evra fizzed a shot across goal and Ferdinand deflected the ball in past the helpless Gordon.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Turner, Ferdinand, Malbranque (McCartney, 86), Richardson, Cana, Reid (Henderson, 74), Cattermole, Bent, Jones (Campbell, 84).
Subs not used: Fulop, Nosworthy, Da Silva, Healy.