Sunderland 1 Man Utd 2: Player ratings as Januzaj nets brace

Sunderland 1 Man Utd 2: Player ratings as Red Devils youngster Adnan Januzaj fires his side to victory

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Sunderland
1
Man Utd
2

Sunderland

Kieren Westwood Having spent a couple of years playing deputy to Simon Mignolet he seems to be establishing himself as a reliable first-choice. Solid throughout and conceded two unstoppable goals. 6/10

Ondrej Celustka One unbelievable covering challenge to deny Rooney a tap in. Looked a useful outlet down the right as well. 6

Valentin Roberge Made himself a human wall in the first half with a series of crucial blocks and clearing headers. 7

John O’Shea Benefited from Roberge’s extra pace alongside him. Looked less exposed than he has done previously. Compensates for his lack of mobility with his positioning and reading of the game. 6

Jack Colback As wasteful as Nani was, the Portuguese winger was often given far too much space on the right-hand side. 5

Lee Cattermole If he can avoid the needless red cards that he was synonymous with, he could play a very important role for the Black Cats this season. Displayed a great work rate, good tackling and ability on the ball. 7

Craig Gardner Drilled his side in front with an emphatic finish, but dallied when presented with a glorious opportunity to lay in Altidore for a second. Booked for blatant handball and substituted just after. 6

Ki Sung-Yeong Pressed high up the pitch and made it unbelievably difficult for his central-midfield counterparts to control the play. Will have been exhausted when he was substituted. 7

Emanuele Giaccherini If Sunderland fans thank Paolo Di Canio for anything at the end of this season it may be the signing of this man. Sunderland’s most threatening player again. Good work to provide the opener. 7

Adam Johnson Quiet game for the winger as he struggled to get a foothold in the game. 5

Jozy Altidore His hold up play is good but Sunderland could have serious problems this season if their first-choice striker doesn’t find a way of making chances for himself soon. 5

Substitutes

Sebastian Larsson His fresh legs and passing ability were notable as Sunderland rallied an ultimately futile late charge. 6

Ji Don-Wong Lacked the technical quality necessary to turn the game for his side. 5

Connor Wickham Not given enough of an opportunity to make an impact. Will hope to push for a start over the misfiring Altidore. 6

Manchester United

David De Gea World-class save to keep Giaccherini’s header out meant his side actually were in a position to mount a turnaround. 7

Rafael Did well to keep Johnson quiet but did not look as much of an attacking threat as he does when he is on top form. Booked and subsequently limped off. 6

Phil Jones Caught on the ball by Gardner to put his side in trouble but recovered well. Improved massively in the second half to deny Sunderland any real chances. 6

Nemanja Vidic Made a complete hash of his clearance to present Gardner with the opening goal, very similar to how they conceded in the Ukraine on Wednesday. Well short of his best form. 5

Patrice Evra Beaten too easily by Giaccherini as Sunderland opened the scoring. Dangerous cross to tee up Januzaj for the equaliser. 6

Nani Has not developed or matured from the talented youngster who arrived at Old Trafford in 2007. Complete lack of composure when he found himself in good positions. Substituted. 5

Tom Cleverley Influenced the game more as Sunderland’s legs grew weary, kept play ticking over for United as they became increasingly dominant. 7

Michael Carrick Usually able to control the tempo of the game, but Sunderland’s high-pressing game rushed him into making several sloppy passes in the first half. Improved in the second half. 6

Adnan (Man of the match) Carried the team to victory almost single-handedly on his young shoulders. His technique for the second goal was a thing of beauty. Only downside was a dive that earned him a booking. 8

Wayne Rooney Partnership between him and van Persie did not look fruitful. Misplaced several passes and didn’t really have an opportunity in front of goal all evening. 5

Robin van Persie Showed moments of technical class but usually 30 yards further from goal than he would have liked. Scuffed his best chance straight at Westwood. 6

Subtitutes

Danny Welbeck Despite being played on the left he looked positive running at players. Will be hoping for more playing time whilst he is clearly high on confidence. 6

Antonio Valencia Brought on as a more defensively secure option than Nani, and did his job well as United held firm. 6

Chris Smalling N/A

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