Saturday March 30, 2013 Day 31 Finished Stadium of Light

  1. Premier League - Bramble own goal hands United win at Sunderland

    Premier League - Bramble own goal hands United win at Sunderland

    Man United warmed up for their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Chelsea with an easy 1-0 win in the league away at Sunderland. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Sunderland
    • Manchester United
    • 90+6' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 for United. All very comfortable in the end for the visiting side. They are 18 points clear at the top.
    • 90+5' Mignolet makes the stop from Van Persie as Young breaks clear. Fine stop as United look to tie up a second goal.
    • 90+4' Little or nothing happening for Sunderland. Looks like United are almost over the line as United try to run down the clock.
    • 90+1' Those six minutes due to the treatment needed for De Gea and Vidic. Van Persie caught narrowly offside.
    • 89' We are into six minutes of time added on to this mtch.
    • 88' Sunderland once again on the move, but a solid piece of play by Carrick again to break up a home attack.
    • 87' Van Persie takes a tumble before getting back on his feet. Wickham fires a shot at goal through the legs of Smalling, but easy enough take for De Gea.
    • 86' United happy to defend on the edge of their own box for these closing moments. Difficult to see where Sunderland's equaliser is going to come from.
    • 85' Wickham is tackled by Smalling before Colback's cross is plucked out of the air by De Gea. No home players challenging in the United box.
    • 84' United fans feeling warm in the cold. This has been a professional display so far by United.
    • 83' Off goes Rose and on comes Jack Colback for Sunderland. All or nothing at all now for Martin O'Neill's team.
    • 82' Anderson departs to be replaced by Cleverley for the visiting team, their final change of the afternoon.
    • 81' Evans makes an excellent tackle on Rose as United look to bring the ball out from deep. Has been a fairly comfortable afternoon for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
    • 80' Sunderland remain 16th in the table as we stand. Who knows where they will be at the end of the day. Could really do with a point from this contest.
    • 79' Vidic arrives late from Young's corner, but he nods wide of goal. A real chance for United to kill this match off with a free header. But not taken.
    • 78' Brilliant strike by Buttner from 25 yards out. Lost N'Diaye, but Mignolet does well to make a strong diving stop. Another United corner coming up.
    • 77' Seb Larsson takes over from Scotland full-back Bardsley as Sunderland try to rescue a point from this match late on.
    • 76' Welbeck is wheeled on to take over from Kagawa as United make their latest change.
    • 75' Manchester United have dropped only four points from the previous 17 Premier League games that they'd scored the first goal in this season. Doesn't look good for Sunderland in that respect.
    • 74' Bardsley with his latest attempt on goal. Nice play by O'Shea out wide, but Bardsley's volley is well over the bar.
    • 73' Connor Wickham replaces Johnson as Sunderland are forced to shuffle their pack with 15 minutes left of normal time.
    • 72' Bardsley ends up in the book for a late sliding challenge on Buttner. Poor effort really from him.
    • 71' There is going to be a few minutes added to this match due to the injury to De Gea and Vidic.
    • 70' Johnson uncorks a shot from distance, but the ball flies a couple of yards wide from 30 yards out. Decent hit, but always sailing wide.
    • 69' Sunderland have now scored six own goals v Manchester United in the Premier League; no side has scored more versus a single opponent. That might hold sway today.
    • 68' Plenty of huff and puff from Sunderland, but no real clear-cut chances on the menu. United defending well today.
    • 67' N'Diaye feeds the ball to Johnson. Lovely ball in from the former Man City man, but that is excellent defending by Smalling with De Gea rooted to his spot.
    • 66' O'Neill continues to stalk the touchline in the hope that his side can come up with an equaliser.
    • 65' Sessegnon on the run for Sunderland, but loses control at the vital moment. Smalling doing well to halt the home player's progression.
    • 64' United then meander forward in their usual organised style before Buttner sheds possession.
    • 63' Graham wins the ball from Vidic. Good spell from the home side, but Sessegnon ends up passing straight to Young.
    • 62' Solid piece of defending by Van Persie to head clear, but Sessegnon can't connect with the volley. Sunderland continue on the offensive.
    • 61' The home fans trying to rouse their side. Really need to up the ante as Evans does well to make the tackle on Bardsley.
    • 60' Thankfully, De Gea is back on his feet. As is Vidic. Brave goalkeeping by De Gea and defending by Vidic.
    • 59' De Gea is needing some treatment after punching clear under pressure from Graham. Has collided with Vidic coming for that.
    • 58' Bardsley lifts the ball over the bar before Vidic does well to clear the danger under pressure from Sessegnon. Finally Sunderland getting some joy.
    • 57' But Van Persie finds himself booked for a high boot challenge on Johnson. Can have no arguments about that.
    • 56' Bramble flies into a late challenge on the back of Kagawa. Wasn't the best timed tackle.
    • 55' Sunderland have not won a home Premier League match for over a year when the opposition have scored a goal. The last occasion was a 3-1 home win v QPR on March 24th, 2012.
    • 54' Valencia takes up a decent position outside the Sunderland box and lifts the ball straight out of play with the cross. Poor delivery.
    • 53' Evans does well to make the block on Gardner as he tried to surge up the park.
    • 52' A quick one-two with Young before Van Persie's shot is blocked by Rose. United setting up camp in the home half.
    • 51' O'Shea with a rash late challenge on Van Persie. He is booked and United will have the free-kick on the edge of the home area.
    • 50' McClean across to make a timely block on Smalling. And on we go with United clasping this 1-0 lead which they are very good for.
    • 49' N'Diaye with a surging run into the United box, but the finish is woeful as a feeble effort flies wide of goal. Goalkick to the visitors.
    • 48' The big question here is will Sunderland have enough to trouble United? Do they have the quality? O'Shea with a late challenge on the back of Van Persie.
    • 47' United have won 17 of their 18 Premier League matches this season when ahead at half-time. Only time they failed to win was the 1-1 draw at Tottenham on January 20th.
    • 46' Off we go then in the second period. United get the ball rolling.
    • 45+1' Van Persie lifts a volley over the bar from Carrick's pass and that is the last action of the first period. A 1-0 lead for the visiting side. All fairly comfortable for United it must be said.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on to this first period at the Stadium of Light.
    • 43' Carrick doing superbly well to track back and cut out the run of McClean. The England midfielder showing some marvellous awareness.
    • 42' Graham does well to get a cross into the middle of the area, but straight to Vidic. United utterly dominant in this half without creating too many opportunities.
    • 41' Sunderland have failed to score in 13 of the last 23 Premier League meetings between the sides, including nine of the last 12. The Black Cats have only scored four goals in the last 12 Premier League meetings.
    • 40' Young takes up a good position after Bardsley bleeds possession needlessly. Young can only slip the pass straight out of play. Poor stuff really.
    • 39' Mignolet mistimes his jump from Young's corner, but Smalling can only nod the ball over. Well wide and over. Sunderland survive that latest hairy moment.
    • 38' Plenty of pace on the free-kick from Van Persie, but Mignolet is ideally placed to tip that over the bar. Corner to United.
    • 37' Buttner makes a superb tackle on Sessegnon before McClean is penalised for a late one on Van Persie. Opportunity knocks for United.
    • 36' Another very good run from Van Persie. Manages to nudge the ball at goal, but Mignolet dives to make a solid enough stop in the home goal.
    • 35' Titus Bramble has scored his fourth Premier League own goal and his first since Sunderland’s 1-1 away draw versus Wigan in September 2008.
    • 34' Young races back to make the tackle on Sessegnon, who collapses to the deck. Free-kick to Sunderland.
    • 33' Jonny Evans takes over from Rafael for the visiting side.
    • 32' Young sends a free-kick at goal from 30 yards out. Mignolet dives to his left to make a fine diving stop. United applying the pressure here.
    • 31' United should really settle into this game with the lead as Anderson loses the ball 35 yards from goal. N'Diaye then brings down Buttner.
    • 30' Sunderland rocked by the concession of that opening goal. The home side trying to steady the ship which is easier said than done as Bardsley lets fly from 40 yards and the ball finds itself high in the stands.
    • 29' Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 52 Premier League matches when they open the scoring - 48 wins, four draws - since a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in March 2011.
    • 28' Must surely go down as a Bramble own goal as that ball was not heading into the net without the touch of the Sunderland central defender. No chance for Mignolet.
    • 27' GOAL! Van Persie beats Bardsley before slamming the ball across goal. Comes off Bramble and flies into the net. A 1-0 lead for United. Very unfortunate for Bramble.
    • 26' Alfred N'Diaye is booked for a late sliding challenge on Valencia.
    • 25' Fergie looks on as his assistant Mike Phelan is discovered doing plenty of mouthing off. A game of few chances despite the best intentions of both teams.
    • 24' Buttner slides the ball to Carrick, who lifts it out to Valencia. Sunderland with plenty of bodies in their own half as a United move breaks down.
    • 23' Bramble doing well to halt the run of Van Persie after he threatened to fire in a shot. United just getting a slight grip on matters without creating much.
    • 22' Martin O’Neill won seven of his first 10 Premier League matches in charge of Sunderland but only nine of the last 44.
    • 21' Sunderland deal with the danger well. Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher looking on from the stands today. No doubt the home side are missing those two today.
    • 20' Young cuts a swerving ball into the heart of the Sunderland area, but Mignolet swipes the ball away with one hand for another corner to the visiting team.
    • 19' United with their latest corner. Vidic rises to meet the corner from Young, but no real power on the header as Sunderland empty the ball out of their box.
    • 18' Johnson gives the ball away to Carrick before Rafael stands tall to halt the run of Gardner. Appeals for some sort of free-kick or a penalty. But didn't look much in that.
    • 17' Bramble hauls down Young and that will be a free-kick to the visitors, who were breaking well there. Not a bad free-kick to concede for the home team.
    • 16' Buttner on the move from Anderson's pass into the home box, but Mignolet reads the danger well with Bramble again slightly exposed. Good handling by the goalkeeper.
    • 15' Sir Alex Ferguson lost his first encounter with Sunderland in a 2-1 away defeat in the old First Division in September 1990. He has only lost once in 24 league encounter since.
    • 14' Van Persie on his toes as one would expect, but is deemed to have strayed offside. Sir Fergie, meanwhile, chews on his gum in the technical area.
    • 13' Buttner dances through a couple of home shirts. Gets the break of the ball, but Mignolet does enough to make the block from his prodded finish. The Sunderland goalkeeper then punches clear the corner.
    • 12' Valencia doing really well to retain possession as he flicks the ball back to Rafael after going to ground. United trying to get their passing game going.
    • 11' Martin O'Neill cutting a predictably animated figure on the side of the pitch. Even a draw would not be the worse result for his side here today. It would be a point nearer Premier League survival.
    • 10' Young looking well up for this here. Throws over another probing cross, but O'Shea does his business well to get a vital clearing touch on the ball.
    • 9' Bardsley handles the ball outside of the box from a Young cross and the former Aston Villa man can take this from the edge of the area. Whips the ball in at pace, but it flies wide of goal. Poor delivery really. Goalkick to the home team.
    • 8' Some bright play by McClean to win a corner against Rafael, but United deal with the danger before breaking to the other end through Young.
    • 7' Vidic having to test out his back as he wins the race with Sessegnon to clip the ball back to De Gea, who makes the clearance. Sunderland starting brightly in the sun.
    • 6' Poor clearance by De Gea, but Graham can't cash in as he takes a poor first touch before Sessegnon is caught offside. Plenty of noise in the ground, but no chances yet.
    • 5' Kagawa loses Bramble from Young's pass, but the shot is weak as he passes the ball into the arms of Mignolet.
    • 4' Van Persie with his own spring in the air as he beats O'Shea to the header, but can only send the ball straight into the arms of Mignolet in the home goal.
    • 3' Young tries to pick out Buttner on the run, but can only send the pass straight out of play. Bitterly cold day in the sunshine. Where is the spring?
    • 2' Vidic knocks the ball out of the park and is immediately in a spot of bother with his back. Not sure what happened there. Kevin Friend is the referee today.
    • 1' Sunderland get the match off and running. Looks like the pitch is in decent nick ahead of this one.
    • 12:40 Teams in the tunnel. Sunderland in their traditional red and white strips, United in their changed blue and black hooped shirts. A bitter cold day, but at least the sun is out.
    • 12:35 Sunderland have not beaten Manchester United since a 2-1 win at Roker Park on 8th March 1997 - sub Mikael Mandron was only two at the time. No Doubt were number 1 in the UK charts with ‘Don’t Speak’. This was the year Tony Blair became Prime Minister, Princess Diana died after a Paris car crash, Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in a title fight and Tiger Woods became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters aged 21.
    • 12:30 With that Chelsea match in mind, Wayne Rooney is not in the United squad today, he has missed eight Premier League matches this season, United have won seven and lost just once. The solitary defeat was 1-0 at Norwich on November 17th. Chris Smalling is making his 50th Premier League appearance for Manchester United today. This will be his 35th Premier League start for the club.
    • 12:25 Sir Alex Ferguson has one eye on that Chelsea match with the Premier League surely in the bag approaching the final nine league games. He said: "We have no injuries from the internationals. There is a bit of tiredness but we will make sure we get plenty of energy back in their bodies. Nani, Phil Jones and Paul Scholes have also done a little bit of training, which is encouraging. Hopefully, that will give us a good strong squad as we approach the next two games."
    • 12:20 Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is looking for his side to move further away from the relegation zone. They are only four points clear of third from bottom Wigan Athletic before the start of play today. “It is a big occasion," says O'Neill. "We were given no chance against Manchester City at Christmas time and yet we won that game, so why can’t we do something similar tomorrow?”
    • 12:15 Manchester United have received a triple injury boost. Nani (hamstring), Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) have all recovered from their knocks. But only Nani is involved on the bench with the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Chelsea coming up on Monday afternoon. Javier Hernandez is excused due to lengthy travels during the international break, but Antonio Valencia is handed a starting slot as United aim to move 18 points clear.
    • 12:10 Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is without David Vaughan but Stephane Sessegnon starts. Vaughan returned early from duty with Wales nursing a groin problem, while striker Sessegnon did not even meet up with Benin because of a similar injury. Defender Carlos Cuellar has been ruled out with the ankle problem he suffered in the 1-1 draw with Norwich and joins skipper Lee Cattermole (knee surgery) and striker Steven Fletcher (ankle ligament) out. Young striker Mikael Mandron is on the bench.
    • 12:05 Teams: Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea (c), Bramble, N'Diaye, Gardner, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Graham..subs: Larsson, Wickham, Kilgallon, Colback, Mangane, Mandron, Westwood////Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson, Carrick, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie..subs: Lindegaard, Evra, Evans, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Powell
    • 12:00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of what should be an engrossing match at the Stadium of Light. A 12:45 start in this one. Teams coming right up for you.
    • - With a 20th league title virtually in the bag and no more European distractions, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is challenging his side to push for a Premier League points record. United visit Sunderland and victory would open up an 18-point lead, at least until second-placed Manchester City host Newcastle United later.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' Mignolet makes the stop from Van Persie as Young breaks clear. Fine stop as United look to tie up a second goal.
    • 79' Vidic arrives late from Young's corner, but he nods wide of goal. A real chance for United to kill this match off with a free header. But not taken.
    • 27' GOAL! Van Persie beats Bardsley before slamming the ball across goal. Comes off Bramble and flies into the net. A 1-0 lead for United. Very unfortunate for Bramble.
    • 13' Buttner dances through a couple of home shirts. Gets the break of the ball, but Mignolet does enough to make the block from his prodded finish. The Sunderland goalkeeper then punches clear the corner.
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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      6.4 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out79′ 4.4 5
      Own Goal 4.9 6
      Yellow Card 5.6 6
      Substitution Out85′ 5.3 6
      5.3 5
      Yellow Card 5.3 5
      Substitution Out76′ 5.7 5
      4.5 5
      6.3 6
      5.6 5
      Substitution In79′ 5.9 5
      Substitution In85′ 5 5
      Substitution In76′ 4.8 5
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      Substitution Out33′ 6.1 6
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      Substitution Out84′ 6.5 6
      6.8 8
      6 6
      Substitution Out79′ 6.8 7
      6 7
      Yellow Card 7.1 7
      Substitution In33′ 6.5 7
      Substitution In79′ 6.3 6
      Substitution In84′ 6.3 6

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  1. Can Man U ever win a game more than 1-0 or without an­ own goal or Penalty?

    From Dr I P Freely, on Mon 1 Apr 1:10
  2. well even though sunderland lost i say poor match from­ man u.

    From Reece, on Sun 31 Mar 19:59
  3. Manchester United is going to win 20th Premier League­ Trophy not with goal difference but with convincing and­ meaningful points.Up Manchester United the Champion of­ Europe.

    From Lekan Adeyemi, on Sun 31 Mar 14:54
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    Bramble did not score into his net on purpose; he­ merely was defending his goal but RVP's shot that­ was destined for the goal was too powerful. No reason­ to call that goal an own goal because RVP was shooting­ to score. What I can not understand is the kind of­ selection SAF made today as he has always not care if­ he is annoying supporters. Worse still is the fact that­ the choice of man of the man was Michael Carrick who­ has been a shadow of himself for almost one season and­ SAF still has faith in him. A midfield of Anderson and­ Carrick is just a mess; two players who give almost 90%­ of their passes to opponents. The team won but did not­ impress. Look at the noisy neighbors' performance;­ very entertaining and I enjoyed it though I am not­ their fan but that was good stuff. I have said this and­ will say it again; it is time SAF leaves this team and­ retire respectfully. The 20th championship is almost­ theirs, but few have been the games they have convinced­ because SAF keeps gambling.

    From mbah, on Sun 31 Mar 2:32
  5. Stanislaw is back spouting his usual ABU rubbish. That­ idiot knows absolutely nothing about football and­ thinks you can get carded for being offside.

    From Vidic wasn't offside, on Sat 30 Mar 21:55
  6. Let's face it. English PL is the most popular­ league in the World. The most popular actors (and­ usually the best paid) do not play in good films but in­ this which hit boxes. So we will have such a winner of­ PL. No joy to watch such a football but who cares. The­ rest is waiting for circus not football. And MU gives­ them the best one.

    From bogdanintheuk, on Sat 30 Mar 21:14
  7. So 'loser, if Sunderland are(acording to you)­ shyte, utter rubish, bloody useless and a sunday pub­ team at best and they only get beat 1-0 by the team­ that are 18 points above the team that creamed the­ skunks 4-0, what the he!! does that make the skunks?.­ They must be really shyte, really uselles, really­ rubish and not even good enough to be a sunday pub­ team, RIGHT!.

    From Alan S, on Sat 30 Mar 21:12
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    SUPERMAN United depended on Bramble to score for them­ as it gets particularly too tight as United , under­ that abnoxious manager of the Reds Fergie , keep­ plodding along just pressuring 1 - 0 wins without those­ high standards and under self-imposed psychosis­ that' eats into Fergal's­ guts'...........................WHY ARE YOU SUCH A­ HYPOCHONDRIAC SIRE ?.

    From Stanislaw, on Sat 30 Mar 19:45
  9. Hope United on to win the title & Sunderland go­ down. They wouldn't be missed.

    From philip, on Sat 30 Mar 19:28
  10. Straightforward- win our next 2 games for title 20 as­ easy as that!

    From JOHN, on Sat 30 Mar 18:36

    From LEONARD, on Sat 30 Mar 18:29
  12. Poor RVP eleven (11,once) games and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzero­ goals. the don...y welbeck zzzzzzzzzzero in the EPL and­ the diver zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzero too. why not HERNANDEZ­ SAF.???????????????????????????????.. Eduardo­ Villarreal , Monterrey Mexico.

    From eduardo, on Sat 30 Mar 17:23
  13. Sunderland are pathetic 2 shots on target if the own­ goal is included Good riddance and welcome to the­ Championship

    From BRIAN, on Sat 30 Mar 17:20
  14. 10 more points , ....champion!!!!! 20th time. Bit­ nervy game. Kagawa is not good enough for united. Maybe­ helps sell red shirts in Japan. Can't compare to­ Park Ji sung. Need better midfielders!!!!!

    From sengesuren, on Sat 30 Mar 16:36
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    The #$%$ are only winning the league because City have­ fallen apart -- this is the worst #$%$ team Fergy has­ produced -- watch LFC next season

    From Arthur, on Sat 30 Mar 16:33
  16. typical of bramble ,did he have a bet on,antway why is­ he not in jail

    From free england, on Sat 30 Mar 16:22
  17. Well, at least we kept the score down,vital maybe for­ goal diff at the end of season. Defence were OK its­ just going forward where we haven't a clue !! ­ McClean is a grafter but is like a dog having a shyte­ round and round!! Johnsons confidence is shot! Wickham­ must get more starts. Lets not forget we were playing­ the Champions elect,we graftedbut pi$$ poor finishing­ again !

    From Joseph, on Sat 30 Mar 16:13
  18. Blobby, Wigan will be breathing down your necks as well­ !!

    From Joseph, on Sat 30 Mar 16:05
  19. All credit due to Sudnerland for keeping the score down­ to a respectable level.

    From JohnnyGurkha, on Sat 30 Mar 15:44
  20. Championeeee championeeeee

    From Politician Stole My Money, on Sat 30 Mar 15:25
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