It was Manchester United’s night when they mauled the visitors Sunderland 3-1 in their scintillating clash at Old Trafford this weekend and oh baby!! did they do it in style.
1 goal each from Robin Van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney ensured that the Red devils maintained their 6 point lead at the top of the table with the contenders Manchester City also winning their match 3-1 against out of form Newcastle United.
The carousal after the win in last week’s Manchester derby and the last year’s hatred for Sunderland in the United fans as well as the comeback of the captain Nemanja Vidic imbued the United players with the confidence and put them in top gear to clobber Martin O Neill’s men . Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were magnificent in the first half and created so many opportunities that the match could have ended there itself had the reds made those chances count.
Sunderland were all topsy-turvy with United playing some exquisite passing football and creating a multitude of chances within the first 15 minutes. The first goal came early after a brilliant work by Ashley Young at the left wing who delivered the ball in the 6 yard area which John O Shea cleared but straight to Van Persie who finished the ball into the back of the net in a way so simple.
Manchester United’s preponderance was growing too heavy on the black cats and then we saw an extraordinary display of United’s second goal in the finish of Tom Cleverley and the acuity of Michael Carrick just 3 minutes after the first one. United were blazing guns all around at this moment and created hordes of chances to follow with the best ones coming to Wayne Rooney. The talismanic striker got 2 easiest of chances and should have put United 4-0 ahead in the first 20 minutes but put both of them wide. Albeit, he retorted back when he hit United’s third goal past the Sunderland keeper after Van Persie broke on the left and provided him the easiest of finishes which he comfortably put in the back of the net.
David De Gea was real busy in the second half when Sunderland upped the tempo of their game and started creating chances. Finally they scored when Stephane Sessegnon delivered the ball to Frazier Campbell who was free in the United’s 6 yard box and made no mistake in reducing the deficit.
Manchester United now look stronger than ever in this season with the injured players also coming back – Nemanja Vidic who started on the bench, Phil Jones playing amazing since the time he has come back, Shinji Kagawa back on training this week. So all teams need to be wary of the Red Devils who have got back the much needed spark and gave a glimpse this weekend of the legendary game they play which have won them trophies everyone envies.
Christmas is near and United look all set to end this year at the top of the table with an extended lead if possible and get their title back in 2013 which they have done time and time again.