Manchester United went back to the 2nd place of the English Premier League table after defeating visitor’s Sunderland in a boring show at Old Trafford where the club celebrated the manager’s 25 years at Manchester United and honoured him by renaming The North Stand to the “Sir Alex Ferguson Stand”.
A slow tempo by our team, the overall performance was too normal however it is very important to get three points and win games now and wait until Sir Alex Ferguson finds a clue to retain the outstanding performance we seen from the players at the beginning of the season. I am sure this will be seen after Christmas time!
We saw Wayne Rooney playing out of his preferred position upfront, he did his job perfectly but as I said after Galati game, something must happen to solve our midfield’s problems by either promoting promising young players such as Pogba and Morrison or signing new players in January.
Another good point can be taken from the game was the partnership between Vidic and Ferdinand. It was nice to see them playing together again. Although Ferdinand pace was slow, I hope they keep building on today performance and remind us of their form in 2007-2008 when we won the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0
Brown’s own goal ensures Fergie’s big day doesn’t fall flat (Daily Mail): The game, which will certainly not live as long in the memory, was settled in the hosts’ favour in first-half injury time when former United man Wes Brown headed into his own net on his first return to Old Trafford. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand started together in the United central defence for the first time since the opening day of the season, with Anders Lindegaard given a chance in goal.
Wes Brown og perfect gift for Fergie (Mirror): Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated 25 years in charge of Manchester United with victory over Sunderland thanks to a helping hand from one of his former players. The Scot, who took over at Old Trafford on November 6, 1986, walked onto the pitch through a guard of honour made up of both teams and former United defender Steve Bruce, now manager of Sunderland, before chief executive David Gill announced the north stand was being renamed in his honour.
Laboured United tame Black Cats (SKYSPORTS): As 25-year anniversary presents go a three-point haul would appease most managers but Sir Alex Ferguson will be well aware it was far from a vintage Manchester United performance that secured a 1-0 win over Sunderland.
When United will play beautifully again?