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Played
October 2, 2010 3:00 PM BST
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 41709‎
 
   
 
 

Premier League Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-0 Manchester United

By Owen Watson at Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    35
    14
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Relatively untested, coped competently when called upon.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    39
    13
    3.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    An accomplished performance from the young defender, coping well defensively and nearly getting onto the scoresheet with a first half effort from close range.

  • Michael Turner
    34
    10
    3.50

    Michael Turner

    Dominant presence, got a good block onto a Nani strike in the first half and generally marshalled his defence well. A strong display.

  • Titus Bramble
    33
    13
    3.00

    Titus Bramble

    Looks to be forming a good partnership with Turner. He was calm under pressure and always seemed to make the right decision.

  • Phil Bardsley
    32
    11
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    Solid performance, restricted Nani’s contribution – shackling the Portuguese winger.

  • Steed Malbranque
    73
    32
    3.50

    Steed Malbranque Top of the Match

    Orchestrated Sunderland’s early attacks and had a gilt-edged opportunity to put his side in the first half that went begging. His contributions really lifted the crowd and he was his side’s talisman.

  • Lee Cattermole
    32
    11
    3.50

    Lee Cattermole

    Powerful run to set up Malbranque for a great early chance. Put the United midfield under good pressure and did a good job of breaking up opposition attacks. Controlled aggression from the Sunderland captain.

  • Jordan Henderson
    23
    17
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Tried a tricky volley from the edge of the area then went just wide of the target. At times struggled to get into the game but worked hard to stifle the United midfielders.

  • Boudewijn Zenden
    31
    13
    3.00

    Boudewijn Zenden

    Eager to spray long passes forward for Bent to chase and hit the post with a fizzing left-footed drive towards the end of the first half.

  • Ahmed El Mohamady
    128
    12
    3.50

    Ahmed El Mohamady

    Got the better of O’Shea throughout with a smart display. Some lively touches, nutmegging O’Shea on one occasion.

  • Darren Bent
    37
    16
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    A willing runner for his side and pestered both Ferdinand and Vidic constantly. Combined well with Malbranque when Sunderland got into the final third.

Substitutions

  • Andy Reid
    13
    15
    0.00

    Andy Reid

    Was prepared to get the ball into the box from wide but rarely found a Sunderland head.

  • Asamoah Gyan
    60
    22
    0.00

    Asamoah Gyan

    Showed application but a chance didn’t fall his way despite getting into good positions. Couldn’t compete in the air with Vidic and Ferdinand.

  • Edwin van der Sar
    85
    35
    3.00

    Edwin van der Sar

    Looked slightly shaky on crosses, but got out well to deny Malbranque in the first half. Wasn’t really tested by the Black Cats.

  • Rafael Silva
    113
    29
    3.00

    Rafael Silva

    Managed to cope with Zenden relatively well and looked solid. Didn’t contribute much in an attacking sense but was one of his side’s brighter performers.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    90
    32
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Dealt well with the aerial threat posed by Sunderland. A sturdy performance.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    184
    30
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Captained and lead by example, an absolute rock for his side. Got across to snuff out any danger in the channels and was resolute in the air.

  • John O'Shea
    63
    74
    2.50

    John O'Shea

    Struggled to handle the trickery of Elmohamady throughout.

  • Nani
    62
    93
    2.50

    Nani

    Largely shackled by Bardsley in the first half. Did have an attempt with a free-kick but it bobbled wide of the target. Generally poor quality from set pieces.

  • Paul Scholes
    74
    56
    2.50

    Paul Scholes

    Wasn’t his normal self, couldn’t dictate the play with his usual passing master class. Was out of the game for long periods.

  • Darren Fletcher
    44
    64
    3.00

    Darren Fletcher

    Was average, didn’t grab the game by the scruff of the neck like he can do and was overshadowed by Cattermole.

  • Anderson
    60
    112
    2.50

    Anderson

    Had a fleeting impact on the game and was wasteful when he did gather possession, a bit more positive in the second half but still flattered to deceive. Had a chance to impress today and failed to take it.

  • Federico Macheda
    56
    81
    2.50

    Federico Macheda

    Anonymous for long spells in the first half and his contribution in the second half was mainly testing the assistant’s flag raising skills before he was withdrawn.

  • Michael Owen
    123
    125
    2.50

    Michael Owen Flop of the Match

    Disappointing showing from the former Newcastle United striker. The service to him wasn’t the best, but when he did get the ball he couldn’t make it stick.

Substitutions

  • Bebe
    117
    62
    3.00

    Bebe

    Made lively runs but didn't see much of the ball.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    138
    42
    3.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Didn’t make much of a contribution. Fired over from the edge of the area in the closing stages.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    152
    37
    3.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Had the ball in the net within a minute of coming on the field, but he was offside on that occasion. Didn’t make much more of an impact than the forward he replaced, despite providing a slightly better outlet.

Results
 
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