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carlyluvsunited said:
Sunderland 0-4 Man Utd

Manchester United swept Sunderland aside with ease to return to the top of the
Premier League ahead of Arsenal's evening match at Portsmouth.

An inspired Wayne Rooney opened the scoring on 20 minutes, coolly stroking the
ball home from 18 yards.

Rooney then set up United's second, clipping in a cross for Louis Saha to volley
sweetly into the bottom corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo curled in a free-kick on 45 minutes and Saha rounded things off
with an 86th-minute penalty.

Sunderland boss, and former United skipper, Roy Keane had sprung a major
surprise against his old club by including 17-year-old striker Martyn Waghorn in
his line-up.

And initially, the teenager betrayed the fact he was making his first senior
appearance by showing a decent touch and willingness to take on United's vastly
experienced players.

But his team-mates lacked either the guile or the confidence to emulate his

And instead, Ronaldo and Rooney soon began to dictate the play and stroke the
ball around nonchalantly.

Never mind that United had left Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs and Anderson on the
bench, it was quickly evident that the starting XI would have too much for their

Sunderland kept United out for only 20 minutes and when they were undone it
was by a simple Wes Brown through-ball.

Rooney collected the pass in acres of space and finished with style for his first
goal in five games.

Ten minutes later Rooney turned provider, chipping in a cross from the left wing,
which was met perfectly by the right boot of Saha.

As United cantered, and Sunderland laboured to create anything of note, the best
chances still came the way of the visitors.

Ronaldo had a free-kick beaten away by Craig Gordon, who later saved at the
feet of Nani, and Menanja Vidic smashed a volley over the bar from six yards.

In between, Ross Wallace had tested Tomasz Kuszczak with a shot that needed
a strong palm to divert it over the bar.

That was the first time since the early exchanges that Kuszczak had been
anything other than a bystander.

After the interval, both sides appeared largely content with what they had got -
United a comfortable three points, and Sunderland a comprehensive defeat that
had not quite become embarrassing.

As a consequence the game lost pace and invention and chances were

However, Kuszczak made hard work of saving a Kenwyne Jones effort and Nani
might have done better than slash a shot across the face of goal.

Later, a gilt-edged chance came Rooney's way, but he sliced the ball and sent it
high and wide from the near post.

Just when it seemed the action was at an end, Nani was felled in the area by
Danny Collins and Saha confidently dispatched the resultant spot-kick.
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