Minimum service from the Red Devils

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Manchester United yet again showed how not to play the beautiful game against Sunderland, but as Sir Alex stated recently that he does not care how his team wins the title in the end, it was finally the 0-1 win which counted today, with 3 more points in the bag and 18 ahead of City while waiting for the latter to play in some minutes. It was a gloomy game throughout though, as RvP was the only striker with Rooney given a rest (or so it seems), supported by Kagawa, and the only moment of brilliance came on the 27th minute, as RvP tried to carve open Sunderland’s defense on his left side, and eventually his strong shot across goal, which was not on target initially, took a big deflection off the unfortunate Bramble to end up past his own keeper. United looked threatening only on set-pieces, while Sunderland, without their 2 most important players, Cattermole and Fletcher, created very little as well and did not really trouble De Gea in United’s goal. RvP had the opportunity to deal the final blow in the dying seconds of added time, as Young fed him unmarked in the box, but it was an uncharacteristic finish for the Dutchman, as Mignolet saved it easily from a 1-on-1 situation. However, United’s players will have to make sure they do not over-party this win, nor the Easter celebrations, as they have to face Chelsea on Monday at noon (UK time) for their FA Cup replay match at Stamford Bridge, but may be without Rafael, the latter having left his partners on the half-hour mark with what seemed a muscle strain. Hopefully, Rooney, Chicharito, Ferdinand and the other lads will be fresh enough to at least claim a win this time to progress in this competition, as it seems like ages since the last time United won the FA Cup trophy.

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