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Darren Fletcher handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Fabio Da Silva on for Darren Fletcher. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Phillip Bardsley sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson, clearance made by Wayne Rooney.
Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
Wayne Rooney fouled by David Meyler, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Wayne Rooney played to the near post.
Luis Nani produces a cross, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Carrick coming on for Ji-Sung Park.
A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady. Shot by Lee Cattermole from just outside the area goes over the net.
A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Rooney.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with David Meyler coming on for Jack Colback. Ahmed Elmohamady is brought on as a substitute for Stephane Sessegnon.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, Header from deep inside the area by Dong-Won Ji goes over the bar.
Nemanja Vidic challenges Wes Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
Phillip Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Danny Welbeck leaves the field to be replaced by Dimitar Berbatov. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Nani, save by Keiren Westwood.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Patrice Evra takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.
Patrice Evra crosses the ball.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Dong-Won Ji is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, save made by Keiren Westwood.
Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Kieran Richardson gets a block in.
Effort by Luis Nani from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Header by Michael Turner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Dong-Won Ji.
Foul by Phil Jones on Jack Colback, free kick awarded. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.
Jack Colback challenges Darren Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Rooney takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Nani. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
Centre by Ji-Sung Park, save by Keiren Westwood. Shot on goal by Javier Hernandez from just inside the area goes over the target.
Foul by Phillip Bardsley on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Colback. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball, comfortable save by Keiren Westwood.
Foul by Dong-Won Ji on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Danny Welbeck results in a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Dong-Won Ji booked for unsporting behaviour.
Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Phil Jones.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, blocked by Patrice Evra.
Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post. Headed own goal by Wes Brown. Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland.Luis Nani provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Kieran Richardson gets a block in.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
Effort on goal by Dong-Won Ji from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort on goal by Phil Jones from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Booking for Sebastian Larsson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Wayne Rooney from left wing, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, Wes Brown makes a clearance.
Dong-Won Ji has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Rio Ferdinand results in a free kick. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Dong-Won Ji. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Michael Turner. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani, save by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.
Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Lee Cattermole challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Rooney produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Lee Cattermole. The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Stephane Sessegnon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from right wing, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Wayne Rooney. Kieran Richardson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Darren Fletcher. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Anders Lindegaard makes a save.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Blocked by Patrice Evra. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
The ball is delivered by Kieran Richardson, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
Javier Hernandez challenges Kieran Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieran Richardson takes the free kick.
Dong-Won Ji replaces Connor Wickham.
The offside flag is raised against Nicklas Bendtner. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.
Evans not solely to blame for City shocker
Jonny Evans cannot accept total responsibility for Manchester United's six-goal capitulation against Manchester City.
Sir Alex Ferguson described the result as "an embarrassment" which United will be reminded of for years, the pivotal moment coming when Evans was sent off at the start of the second half for a clumsy foul on Mario Balotelli.
The Northern Ireland star does feel bad about his misdemeanour, but as the Red Devils were only a goal down when Evans made his premature exit, the 23-year-old cannot see how he can be blamed entirely for what happened afterwards.
"When you go down to 10 men you don't expect to concede five goals," Evans said. "I felt guilty for the fans because obviously it is not nice.
"I am a Manchester United fan myself. I know the hurt that was felt by the people who follow United around everywhere."
Although Evans insists he was not worried Ferguson might make him the scapegoat, there must have been a nagging fear in his mind once he returned from his automatic one-match suspension.
Wayne Rooney should be restored to a more advanced role tomorrow after his game in central midfield in midweek, with Darren Fletcher likely to be back in that position and Danny Welbeck among those hoping for a recall.
Anders Lindegaard could also play in goal as Ferguson is mindful of the Dane's status as second choice for his country, meaning that he might not have a game for a fortnight.
The overriding aim though is another three points to maintain some kind of pressure on Manchester City, who have failed to win just once so far this term.
Steve Bruce will return to Old Trafford cursing his luck.
Sunderland have belatedly kick-started their season with victory at Bolton and a hard-fought home draw with Aston Villa last weekend after labouring through the opening weeks of the campaign.
In the circumstances, a trip to Manchester United on the weekend during which Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates 25 years as manager is perhaps not the fixture they would have chosen to attempt to extend that run.
Former United defender Bruce said: "It would be us, wouldn't it? It would be us going there.
"But if there is anything about you at all, these are the games you look at - Old Trafford, 75,000 people, a fantastic place to play football.
"The message to our lads is to go and enjoy it, take them on and enjoy the challenge of playing against the best.
"If there is anything about you, to play at Old Trafford is the ultimate."
Bruce is yet to get the better of Ferguson as a manager, but headed across the Pennines under no illusions as to the task ahead of his team.
The 6-1 derby humiliation by Manchester City a fortnight ago may not yet be a distant memory, but United have since won each of the three games they have played, and without conceding a single goal.
Bruce said: "Very, very quietly, they have played three games since, they have won the lot and not conceded a goal, which is typical of the mentality he [Ferguson] has brought to the club over 25 years.
"That's what he has bred into them, that's what he has achieved.
"There is always going to be a funny result or a horrible result here and there. It's how you respond."
A relieved Bruce has been delighted with the response he has had from his own team after an indifferent start to the season, which brought just one victory from the first eight league games.
Sunderland made 10 summer signings and the manager always knew things would take time to settle down.
But while he has been relatively pleased with the performances, results have been hard to come by, so the recent improvement has been more than welcome.
Bruce said: "We have been happy with the performances in the vast majority of games, we just haven't been able to string the results together that you need."
The Black Cats will attempt to add to their 10 points to date against the odds at Old Trafford, and will do so without two key men.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet fractured not only his nose, but an eye socket against Villa and will be sidelined for at least eight weeks, while former United defender John O'Shea will be missing with a hamstring injury.
Midfielder David Vaughan is also a doubt with a groin problem, and that could hand an opportunity to skipper Lee Cattermole, who has been an unused substitute for the last two games.
Mignolet's misfortune, however, will open the door for summer signing Keiren Westwood, and Bruce will have no qualms about handing O'Shea's international team-mate a first league start for the club.
Brown gives Ferguson anniversary gift
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated 25 years in charge of Manchester United with A 1-0 victory over Sunderland thanks to a helping hand from one of his former players.
The Scot, who took over at Old Trafford on November 6, 1986, walked onto the pitch through a guard of honour made up of both teams and former United defender Steve Bruce, now manager of Sunderland, before chief executive David Gill announced the north stand was being renamed in his honour.
The game, which will certainly not live as long in the memory, was settled in the hosts' favour in first-half injury time when former United man Wes Brown headed into his own net on his first return to Old Trafford.
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand started together in the United central defence for the first time since the opening day of the season, with Anders Lindegaard given a chance in goal.
For Sunderland, keeper Keiren Westwood made his first Premier League start in place of the injured Simon Mignolet while John O'Shea was denied a first return to Old Trafford by a hamstring injury.
Black Cats boss Bruce had never got the better of Ferguson in 16 previous meetings with his former manager, and he was dealt a blow in the opening moments when Connor Wickham appeared to roll his ankle and Ji Dong-wan came on in his place.
It was perhaps inevitable the game would fail to live up to the occasion, and so it proved for most of the first half, with United dominating possession but failing to test Westwood, while Sunderland provided some decent flashes going forward.
Sebastian Larsson saw a shot deflected behind by Patrice Evra while Lindegaard pushed away a Nicklas Bendtner effort from the edge of the area.
At the other end, Javier Hernandez looked to have a chance when he was played in by Darren Fletcher but he went down rather too easily under pressure from Larsson and referee Lee Mason waved away the penalty claims.
United were getting closer, though, and Phil Jones fired a volley just over the bar after a Nani corner came to him on the edge of the area in the 43rd minute, while Westwood got down smartly to block a Nani effort from a tight angle.
And from the resulting corner the hosts did take the lead. With the clock ticking through four minutes of injury time, Nani sent over a cross that the unfortunate Brown headed into his own net under pressure from Danny Welbeck.
The second half also took a while to get going but it was United doing all the pressing and Nani curled a 25-yard free-kick just wide before Hernandez flashed a shot over the bar.
The hosts came close to a second goal twice in quick succession with 64 minutes gone. First the lively Nani was denied by a last-ditch challenge by former United player Keiran Richardson, then from the resulting corner Hernandez's header was cleared off the line by the same player.
The game then took a controversial turn as Sunderland finally engineered a decent crossing opportunity, delivered by Larsson for Ji, who was challenged by two United defenders.
Initially referee Lee Mason played on but, when he saw his assistant Jake Collin flagging, he appeared to award Sunderland a penalty for a handball by Jones.
Larsson positioned the ball on the spot but, after a lengthy discussion between Mason and Collin, the referee eventually decided it was Ji who had handled and reversed the decision, much to the frustration of Bruce and his players.
Westwood was one of the most highly-regarded keepers outside the Premier League before leaving Coventry for Sunderland in the summer, and he showed why with a stunning double save in the 71st minute.
After parrying Rooney's fizzing 10-yard effort, Westwood then got back up to push Evra's follow-up over the bar when the full-back looked certain to score.
While it remained only 1-0, Sunderland had a chance, and another testing Larsson cross was just too far in front of Bendtner when a touch would surely have resulted in a goal.
But it was not to be for Bruce's men and the three points ensured United climbed back above Newcastle into second place in the Barclays Premier League table.
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