Sunderland v United: Van Gaal gives up on title

Sunderland v Manchester United, Stadium of Light, 24 August 2014

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Losing at home was a David Moyes thing – all seven of them in the Premier League last season. Ground zero of Manchester United’s worst campaign in more than 25 years. Louis van Gaal’s appointment was, by contrast, the start of a bright new dawn: sophisticated tactics, positive attacking […]

Preview: United v Sunderland

Manchester United v Sunderland, Old Trafford, Premier League, 3pm, 3 May 2014

Theres nothing quite like a 100 per cent record to lift the spirits! The Ryan Giggs roadshow rolls on after victory over Norwich City last weekend, with three games in seven days before the Welshman ends his brief stint as Manchester United’s interim manager. Whatever the 40-year-old’s future with the club – and a long-term […]

Preview: United v Sunderland

David Moyes

It is not as if David Moyes lacks for practice this season, but the Scot does an increasingly impressive line in dead pan comedy. At least that is one interpretation of the Moyes’ reaction to United’s latest – the ninth – defeat of a frankly disastrous season. “We were unlucky,” said Moyes in the aftermath. […]

Preview: Sunderland v United

Adnan Januzaj

Rarely in recent times can a League Cup fixture have been so important. Seventh in the Premier League and dumped out of the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup now represents Manchester United’s best – perhaps only – realistic shot at silverware in a season that has lurched from one crisis-of-confidence to another. While it […]

Preview: Sunderland v United

Sunderland v United

There are at least a couple of ways to assess Manchester United’s performance in Ukraine this week. That, as David Moyes and captain Nemanja Vidić have oft expressed, United’s defensive solidity and safety-first approach was key to securing a point in a tough away fixture. The alternate theory is less complimentary, although equally compelling: that […]

Preview: Sunderland v United

Alex Buttner v Sunderland

More than 10 months on from the scene of Manchester United’s most traumatic title defeat in recent memory, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side returns to the Stadium of Light on Saturday lunchtime. United beat Sunderland last May. but few remember the game or result amid Manchester City’s celebrations that followed. While the Blue quarter of Manchester […]

Preview: United v Sunderland

Manchester United v Sunderland

“93:20, 13 May 2012,” reads the banner now proudly displayed at Eastlands – the time and date marking Manchester City’s first Premier League title, secured deep into injury time against Queens Park Rangers last spring. Meanwhile, over at the Stadium of Light Sir Alex Ferguson’s players sank in disappointment as the news filtered through of […]

Evra relies on faith for season finale

Sunderland versus Manchester United, Premier League, Stadium of Light, 13 May 2012, 3pm.

The final weekend, and another title won or lost for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The drama, so those in charge of TV schedules tell us, couldn’t be greater, with the Premier League decided at the 38th game of another unpredictable season. Yet, for many Manchester United fans it is a campaign ending in an altogether […]

Reds welcome Black Cats for Fergie celebration

Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson

Sir Alex Ferguson will celebrate 25 years in charge of Manchester United this weekend, and it is perhaps fitting that Sunderland arrives for the fixture. After all, the Wearsiders have developed something of an affinity with United in recent years. Manager Steve Bruce acquired John O’Shea and Wes Brown last summer, while Danny Wellbeck and […]

Reds win to keep pressure on rivals

Wayne Rooney Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United remains top of the Premier League after beating in-form Sunderland at Old Trafford. Dimitar Berbatov’s double in a bright performance leaves United six points clear of Chelsea, with the Londoners in action against local rivals Arsenal tomorrow. Only woodwork kept the score down as United began the Christmas programme in style. Berbatov headed […]