Sunderland 0 - 4 United
Brown Ferdinand Vidic O'Shea
Ronaldo Fletcher Carrick Nani
What I thought would be a tricky game turned out to be an easy win for United. Rooney opened the score. Saha got his first goal in over 2 months while Ronaldo scored a stunning freekick. Then it was Saha who completed the rout by scoring the 4th goal.
The first goal was scored thanks to a big defensive fault by Sunderland. Wes Brown threaded the ball through a gap in Sunderland's defence that would have accommodated a double decker. Rooney who was on the receiving end scored with ease. Minutes later Rooney turned provider and helped Saha get a morale boosting goal. I was happy for Saha and hoped this goal would lead to others. Ronaldo finished the first half in style. He bent in a stunning effort that gave Gordon not a prayer.
The second half proved to be more of a training session for the United lads. Scoring another goal didn't seem to be a priority. But eventually Nani was fouled inside the box and rightfully the Ref ordered a spot kick. Saha got his second goal after hitting a fine penalty. 4-0 the final score against a poor performing side.
Another joy to watch after a boring match vs Everton. Rooney was the man of the match. His contribution to United’s cause was priceless. Ronaldo showed everyone why he always wants to take the freekicks and Saha finally got the goals he (and all United supporters) wanted. It was a relief to see him score, I never doubted his scoring prowess but his recent performances really have made me wonder whether he’s still a valid player or not. Now we should be looking to more goal scoring performances from Saha. I was really delighted, once again, with the defence. It’s exceptional really. Sunderland stood no chance. Another positive from this match is the return of Ji Sung Park. On the whole I’m really pleased and United gave me a nice X-mas present after a turbulent Christmas I just had.
Our next match is away to West Ham. It could prove to be a tricky match against a team which has done the double over United last year. Thank god Tevez is on our side this year! Don’t know what to expect so I’m not giving any predictions :D Adios!
Ratings : Kushak-7, Brown-8, Ferdinand-7, Vida-7, O’Shea-6 , Nani-7, Carrick-6, Ronaldo-8, Fletcher-7, Rooney-9, Saha-8. (Pique-6, Park-7)