Wayne Rooney scored a brace as Manchester United defeated ten man Sunderland 2-0 in their English Premier League encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday. The visitors had an early chance through Conor Wickham who approached the United half unopposed however he chose to go for goal himself only to be denied by David De Gea. The home side on the other hand had a great chance in the opening exchanges when Antonio Valancia found Ashley Young who guided his ball towards Costel Pantilimon and just beat him.
However former Man United defender John O’Shea stuck out a leg to deny the home fans the joy of an early goal. In the closing minutes the Red Devils were camped in the Black Cats’ half putting pressure on them wave after wave of attacks. The visiting side’s defence stood firm as the half ended goalless. In the second stanza a moment of controversy saw Wes Brown sent off incorrectly for a foul on Radamel Falcao in the penalty area.
Louis Van Gaal’s side was awarded a penalty and the actual culprit O’Shea got a reprieve despite his protest to the red card being given to his teammate. The hosts skipper Wayne Rooney converted the penalty to give the Old Trafford faithful something to celebrate. The skipper then doubled his tally in the 84th minute when he capitalised on a poor clearance by Pantilimon and headed in the Red Devils’ second of the match as they ran out 2-0 winners.