The visit of the Black Cats at Old Trafford today can be considered as a lucky charm for Rooney (and Memphis as well), as after 11 games in the EPL without scoring, he finally managed to break the curse in United’s 3-0 win, a victory which sends the Red Devils on top of the table after such a long time. It was a hard crafted win thou, as Sunderland played a very defensive game in the first half, and United had a tough time and lacked ideas to get past this defense, while the frustration in the stands was palpable. De Gea had to be vigilant on his line at the other end as Sunderland counterattacked and threatened to surprise the Red Devils, but as the half wore on, United had the ball, but failed to create any clear chances of their own. That is, until the first half injury time, where 4 minutes were added, and United found the opener through Memphis on the 48th minute. Blind played in a brilliant cross to Mata, and the latter neatly found Memphis in front of goal to put United in the lead, much to the relief of the crowd.
The second half had barely started when Rooney found himself on the scoresheet. Martial worked his way brilliantly into the box before crossing infront of goal, and the ball seemed to deflect more off the keeper’s knee than Rooney, but the latter went on to claim the goal to end a dire goalless run. De Gea at the other end had to be alert again to keep off van Aanholt. Memphis then had a glorious chance to score his double after Martial had put him clean through, but he could only shoot straight at the keeper, and if he was more experienced, a return pass to Martial who was unmarked in the box would have wrapped up the goal. United eventually found their 3rd goal on the 90th minute, as Young’s cross was collected by Mata at the far post, and he unleashed an unstoppable shot to wrap up the match, and send the Red Devils top of the table, with now 2 crucial games coming up, as United will host Vfl Wolfsburg for the 2nd CL game in midweek and try to get their first win in the group stage, then a trip to London to face the Gunners who are on fire, as they gunned down Leicester City FC on a 2-5 scoreline today.