After a couple of very frustrating games, the Red Devils found their mojo back in front of goal once again today, as they struck 3 past a helpless Sunderland side, reduced to 10-men in the first half itself, and looking set to drop to the Championship unless they perform a miracle to save themselves in the EPL.
As usual, United dominated the early exchanges, with Lingard, who signed a fresh 4-year deal with the club, being the first one to try his chance from outside the box but without enough power to beat the keeper. However the pedestrian pace was quickly back in the ranks, and Sunderland grew confident themselves, as Oviedo and Cattermole both tested Romero in United’s goal, but without any chance either of finding an opener. Lingard again tried his luck near the half-hour mark, but was again denied. Zlatan, subdued so far, suddenly came to life thou on the half-hour mark, as he collected Herrera’s pass on the edge of the box, twisted past his marker, and let fly a low shot into the bottom corner, leaving the keeper no chance whatsoever to keep it out. Romero was then called into action again at the other end as Anichebe was set to equalize, but the keeper did well to block the attempt out for a corner kick. However matters turned from bad to worse for the Black Cats, as Larsson was controversially sent off two minutes before the break for a tackle on Herrera, which in fact looked more like a yellow-card one than a straight red.
With the controversy hanging over the officials and the team reduced to 10-men, United doubled the lead seconds after the break, as Mkhitaryan collected Shaw’s pass, strode into the box, and struck the ball across into the bottom corner, all without a single Sunderland player managing to get a touch on the ball. With two goals in their favour, United played in a more relaxed way, not looking to add more to their tally, while Sunderland themselves failed to muster any real threat of their own, but it was comprehensible given they were 1-man down, and the match turned dull for most of the second half. We had to wait until the 89th minute to see United get back to life again, as Zlatan fed a pass to Rashford after the two had combined previously, and the latter arrowed a low shot into the far corner again to definitely put the game to bed, leaving the Black Cats stuck at the bottom of the table, while United climbed back to fifth position again while waiting for the performance of Arsenal tomorrow.