Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland
Manchester City’s Capitulation in the hands of Tottenham Hotspurs allowed Manchester United to climb to the top of the Premier League table for the first time in more than two years after victory over bottom club Sunderland.
Manchester Coty’s 4-1 defeat at the early kick-off to Spurs, meant that all rivals and neighbors United had to do was get any sort of win to take them to the summit for the first time in a long time that dates back to the title winning season under Sir Alex Ferguson.
After a slow start in the first half at Old Trafford, Memphis Depay scored his fourth goal of the season by tucking in from Juan Mata’s cut-back just before half time to set the ball rolling.
Sunderland who were set-up to defend against Van Gaal’s United, then lost concentration after 19-year old striker Anthony Martial used his pace, strength and trickery to disorganize the defense as United then doubled their lead 40 seconds after the break with Wayne Rooney bundling home from close range to end an 11-game scoring drought in the Premier League.
Rooney’s fifth goal of the season also took him level with Denis Law as United’s joint-third leading league scorer with 171, and ended his longest barren spell in the Premier League which stretched to 1,000 minutes.
Mata then converted Ashley Young’s cross to condemn the hapless Sunderland who rarely troubled David De Gea and remained glued at the bottom.
PREMIER LEAGUE SATURDAY RESULTS
- Tottenham 4 – 1 Man CityFT
- Leicester 2 – 5 Arsenal
- Liverpool 3 – 2 Aston Villa
- Man Utd 3 – 0 Sunderland
- Southampton 3 – 1Swansea
- Stoke 2 – 1 Bournemouth
- West Ham 2 – 2 Norwich
- Newcastle 2 – 2 Chelsea