Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sunderland 0 - 4 Man United

The game was as easy as the scoreline suggests. I had expected a tougher fight from Keano's men, especially after the last minute goals from two previous matches robbed them of crucial points.

The gulf in class between the two sides was apparent, and by the half, United were already 3-0 up, without even a telling attack from the Black Cats.

Rooney sprung the offside trap on 20 minutes to open United's account, clinically finishing a good pass from Wes Brown.

He turned provider on the half hour, when Saha met his cross to put United 2-0 ahead. Ronaldo continued with his fine scoring form to add a three before the half from a wonderfully struck freekick.

And all this despite not having Giggs, Anderson nor Tevez on the pitch. Even with a seemingly 'weaken' midfield pairing of Carrick and Fletcher, we were running rings around whatever Sunderland could offer.

United significantly took the foot off the pedal in the second half, yet Sunderland could not muster a meaningful attack. Such of United's dominance, that we could afford to give Ronaldo a rest with over 30 minutes to go, giving Park his first game of the season.

Even at half pace, United could have added a couple more.

In the 85th minute, Nani earned United a penalty. Perhaps he was the only guy who didn't get the memo from Fergie not to embarass Keano, since he was the only guy in a United jersey who was still running his socks off.

Saha converted from the spot to score his second and United's fourth to complete the drubbing.

You can feel for the Sunderland players and the wrath they are going to face from Keano. I suppose in all honesty, Keano must know that his squad of players are simply not good enough at this level. They were given a footballing lesson today. Unless there is drastic improvement, Sunderland are in for a quick return to the Championship.

With this win, we are once again perched at the top of the Premiership table, after Arsenal's game with Portsmouth ended with goalless.



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