Manchester United vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

Manchester United vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

Manchester United have shot up to the top of the Premier League table after their 3-0 win over Sunderland yesterday. With Manchester City losing to Spurs, the Reds managed to take advantage and leapfrog the noisy neighbours to the top of the table.

Memphis put United in ahead late on in the first-half, after a frustrating 45 minutes for United who failed to break down a stubborn Sunderland side.

Captain Wayne Rooney doubled the Reds’ advantage shortly after the break, his first goal of this season’s Premier League. United then seemingly dominated the game and looked comfortable throughout, with Sunderland failing to cause any problems whatsoever.

Deep into the 90th minute, Juan Mata finished the game off and made the scoreline reflect how the game really panned out – United dominant and Sunderland causing almost no problems.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was pleased with the performance, and was heavy in his praise for Anthony Martial, who brings much more to United’s game than goals:

“Last season at this stage I think we were in 13th position in the league table, so I’m a happy coach. In the second half we controlled the game more than we attacked and I hope that the fans have understanding for that. I was very pleased with the third goal because it was a more accurate reflection of the game.” said Van Gaal.

Wayne Rooney also hailed the teams performance: “The goal before half-time was a massive goal for us, as it gave us a little bit more space in the second half and we played some good stuff and created some chances. In the end it was quite comfortable and a good win.”

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Here’s how we rated the United players:

De Gea – 7

Valencia – 6

Smalling – 7

Blind – 8

Darmian – 7.5

Schneiderlin – 7

Carrick – 7

Mata – 8

Rooney – 7

Memphis – 7.5

Martial – 8

Subs: Young (6), Schweinsteiger (7), Jones (7)