The Reds Beat The Black Cats
An own goal from unfortunate defender Wes Brown handed Manchester United a narrow 1–0 triumph against a struggling Sunderland team at Old Trafford on Saturday. Shortly before the sound of the half time signal, the former Manchester United and England favourite managed to deflect a header from Danny Welbeck into the back of his own net to give Sir Alex Ferguson´s players their fourth consecutive win.
Sunderland suffered an early blow when Connor Wickham was injured within the first two minutes and had to be replaced by Ji Dong-wan. Steve Bruce´s players started the match on a bright note with a couple of decent opportunites, though, but they were gradually pushed back by the home side who started to knock the ball around confidently. Towards the end of the first half, Javier Hernandez screamed for a penalty after tumbling under Sebastian Larsson´s challenge but his appeals for a spot kick were rightfully waved away by referee Lee Mason. The red shirts eventually went into the lead in first half injury time when Wes Brown deflected a Danny Welbeck header into his own net. There was controversy in the 67th minute of the clash, however, when the referee blew for a deliberate handball from multifunctional defender Phil Jones inside the 18-yard box only to change his mind after a lengthy consultation with linesman Jake Colling. As the game went on, The Reds looked comfortable with their lead and they were content to play out the remainder of the second half. After 25 years as manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson was given a surprise ahead of the game when Old Trafford’s North Stand was unveiled as the new Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. It was also announced that Manchester United had commissioned a statue of the legendary manager to be unveiled outside the newly named stand before the start of next season.