Date: 16th December 2012 at 7:30pm
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Nobody likes a person who takes pleasure in somebody else’s misfortune – so on the final day of last season when the Sunderland supporters cheered news of a late Man City winner, and began to do the Poznan, it was quite hard to take for most reds. 

Understandably for a club who play the worst football in the top flight, and live in the shadow of their North-East neighbours Newcastle – it was the highlight of their season and probably the only time in the foreseeable future that their club will be involved in anything to do with silverware.

I know a few Sunderland fans who are very nice people, but after that reaction back in May (and also the fact they play such boring football yet seem to be on Sky every single weekend), I want their club to get relegated this season.

Not forgotten by Manchester United staff, players and most of all Sir Alex Ferguson; who was obviously looking for some type of revenge – within the first 25 minutes the score should have been closer to double figures than just 2-0.

England pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling replaced Rafael and Jonny Evans in defence, looking comfortable dealing with minimal threat posed by Sunderland on the United goal for the first 70 minutes of the match.

Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley as always were creative in possession – and Tony Valencia proved to be a dangerous outlet down the right; shaking off any poor form he has found himself in of late.

Another bright note of the day was seeing club captain Nemanja Vidic come on for the final twenty minutes of the game, gaining valuable match action ahead of a busy Christmas schedule.

The game finished 3-1 with Van Persie, Cleverley and Rooney netting – with ex red Fraizer Campbell replying late on for Sunderland; but truth be told, it should have been more.

Wayne Rooney had an off-day in front of goal missing a hat full of chances; Patrice Evra and Ashley Young too missed good opportunities but none the less, it was the three points that mattered most.

A good team display with key defenders returning to the side was very pleasing for all to see – but the cream of the crop has to once again go to new boy Robin Van Persie.

Not only did he take his goal very well, but he also had a major hand in Wayne Rooney’s goal. Van Persie latched on to the ball on the left hand side of the penalty area and beat two defenders before laying the ball into the path of his strike partner.

To think, back in August there were many fans and pundits who had serious doubts over the ability, fitness, age and price tag of Van Persie. Would a 29 year old have any sell on value? Will he reproduce his Arsenal form? Where will he fit in as United have three top class strikers already?

Here is a link to an article posted prior to the Van Persie signing – It is worth a read if only for the comments of some supporters – Lucas Moura anyone?

Robin Van Persie has made a significant difference to the way Manchester United play and his influence is noted by everybody at the club. He was not at his very best against Sunderland, but still ran the show.  I do not think it will be the last time I am writing about him before the season is out.

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7 responses to “MAN OF THE MATCH – SUNDERLAND (H)”

  1. Silver&Gold says:

    @Nathon are u on Facebook if yes add me wit my name Elochukwu Ikenwa. I am not on twitter and i love ur hand work keep it up may God bless u . I am expecting ur friend request pls.

  2. Silver&Gold says:

    @Nathon are u on Facebook if yes add me with Elochukwu Ikenwa . Becoz i am not on twitter pls i am expecting ur friend request. Up man utd

  3. lamar says:

    Van persie > berbafail

  4. trevor says:

    United were brilliant until they brought on Scholes and Sunderland came more into the game but when Giggs came on for Cleverley Sunderland started to get on top. If either Carrick or Cleverley were injured or both at the same time United would struggle. That is why I can not understand Fergie saying that there will be no one coming in in January. United need at least one top class holding midfielder.
    If two midfielders got injured at either City or Chelsea they would have plenty of top class players to take their place. United have not.

  5. Adam Brasco says:

    Trevor spot on once giggs came on the whole game changed Sunderland got a spring n their step as they saw a 38 and 39 yr old runnin about – giggs needs to do the honourable thing as he stopping progress and could ultimately cost us the title. Also think we need a strong midfielder box to box ince style and the keeper worries me as not strong enough

  6. NathonW says:

    What a difference a year makes. 12 months ago when Scholes came out of retirement, he was our saviour….. now he is not up to it according to most of you.

    This debate continues – who do you think will do a good job?

    Better than what we already have in Anderson Carrick Fletcher Cleverley.

    Less than £20m as that is all we have.

    Do not say Tiote.

  7. trevor says:

    I just can not believe Fergie will buy no one in January. Every manager who has money always wants that extra one. Remember when he bought no one in Jan and the summer a couple of seasons ago when he stated that he had to give the likes of Pogba a chance and it would not be fair on him if he brought in someone else. So what did Fergie do, did not bring anyone in and did not play Pogba and what happened to him. He has no money to spend. And Powell will end up the same.