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November 5, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 75570‎
 
45′ (OG) Wes Brown
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 25th anniversary with a win after Wes Brown scores an own-goal on his return to Old Trafford

By Greg Stobart at Old Trafford

  • Anders Lindegaard
    171
    30
    3.00

    Anders Lindegaard

    The Dane was handed a start and looked comfortable when called upon. Solid handling and decent distribution.

  • Patrice Evra
    151
    29
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    The French full-back produced a solid display, getting the better of Larsson despite being sucked infield once early on. Forced a superb save from Westwood in the second-half.

  • Phil Jones
    141
    33
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Handled Sessegnon with little bother and was always itching to support the attack. Clever ball to Nani created a good chance at the end of the first half.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    192
    53
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand Top of the Match

    The defender has been asked to change his game by the manager and he looked far more comfortable back alongside Vidic. Strong positional play although he didn't always win aerial challenges against Bendtner.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    195
    22
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Another commanding performance from the United captain as the Red Devils kept their fourth clean sheet in a row since their Manchester derby debacle. Dominant in the air snapped into tackles.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    116
    45
    3.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    A busy performance in central midfield. Tended to delay a little too long on the ball but was much better in the second half in an attacking sense.

  • Nani
    141
    43
    3.50

    Nani

    The Portuguese winger looked the most likely man to provide a spark for the hosts for much of the game and grew in confidence. Forced Westwood into action with a sharp shot before delivering the corner from which United took the lead.

  • Darren Fletcher
    95
    42
    3.00

    Darren Fletcher

    The Scot provided an efficient foil for Rooney, screening the United back four and playing short, simple passes.

  • Wayne Rooney
    191
    39
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Continued in central midfield, and he certainly looked comfortable in the role as played clever passes and showed good defensive awareness. The problem for United was that they missed their best striker's influence in the final third.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    94
    95
    2.50

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    The Mexican buzzed away and was full of movement - but he looks to still be lacking half a yard of sharpness. Mishit two shots from good positions inside the box and saw a header cleared by Keiran Richardson.

  • Danny Welbeck
    82
    90
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Struggled to make a real impact against the club where he spent last season on loan. Made some intelligent runs but his touch seemed to desert him.

Substitutions

  • Fabio Da Silva
    71
    26
    0.00

    Fabio Da Silva

    Replaced Fletcher in the dying seconds.

  • Michael Carrick
    84
    33
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Replaced Park in the 83rd minute to calm down the midfield and see out the game.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    82
    63
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    A 73rd minute replacement for Welbeck. Produced some nice touches but had little involvement.

  • Keiren Westwood
    50
    12
    3.50

    Keiren Westwood

    An impressive performance from the young goalkeeper on his second Premier League appearance. Superb double save in the second-half to deny Rooney and then Evra.

  • Phil Bardsley
    18
    13
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    The United old boy had little real impact on the game. Comfortable enough defensively but rarely ventured forward.

  • Michael Turner
    16
    16
    3.50

    Michael Turner

    Showed excellent heading ability and anticipation at the heart of the Sunderland defence.

  • Wes Brown
    41
    66
    2.50

    Wes Brown Flop of the Match

    Had a nightmare return to Old Trafford as headed Nani's corner into his own net in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half.

  • Kieran Richardson
    14
    15
    3.00

    Kieran Richardson

    Injured after a clash of heads in the first half but was generally solid against the pace and trickery of Nani. Did well to head Hernandez's corner off the line.

  • Lee Cattermole
    8
    19
    2.50

    Lee Cattermole

    The tenacious midfielder seemed to play a little within himself but made sure to get close to Rooney to prevent United's star man from pulling the strings.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    15
    13
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    The Swedish midfielder flitted in and out of the game but was a threat for the visitors. Had an effort deflected into the side netting, provided the cross for the non-penalty and played an excellent ball across the six-yard box that Bendtner couldn't quite reach.

  • Jack Colback
    11
    13
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Struggled to have a real impact on the game despite some tidy passing in central midfield. Replaced by Meyler in the 76th minute.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    7
    18
    2.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Never looked comfortable on the left side of midfield and lacked his usual movement and skill. Replaced by El Mohamady in the 76th minute.

  • Connor Wickham
    15
    19
    3.00

    Connor Wickham

    Substituted in the fourth minute after going over on his ankle as he challenged Ferdinand. Looked in real pain as he was taken off on a stretcher.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    40
    16
    3.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Showed good touch and awareness as the loan striker for the visitors. Placed shot from the edge of the box in the first-half was scrambled away by Lindegaard and nearly got on the end of a Larsson cross late on.

Substitutions

  • David Meyler
    8
    15
    3.00

    David Meyler

    Came on for Colback in the 76th minute and his most notable involvement was a rash challenge on Rooney.

  • Ahmed El Mohamady
    15
    18
    3.00

    Ahmed El Mohamady

    Replaced Sessegnon in the 76th minute and demanded the ball without doing much with it.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    35
    11
    3.00

    Dong-Won Ji

    Posed little threat in midfield but looked much better once he joined Bendtner up front. Made a nuisance of himself in the incident that nearly saw Sunderland awarded a penalty.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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15 0