United brush woeful Sunderland aside

Manchester United were in efficient mood as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over stragglers Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.

  • Man Utd 3 Sunderland 0
  • Red Devils go top
  • Memphis opens account
  • Rooney ends drought
  • Sunderland remain bottom

Match summary:

Louis van Gaal's troops took full advantage of Manchester City's surprise lunchtime defeat at Spurs to go to the top of the Premier League table.

Goals from Memphis Depay, his first league goal for the club, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata made it a comfortable afternoon for the hosts.

Full report:

United enjoyed most of the possession throughout, but it was Sunderland who had the early chances.

Former Red Devils stalwart John O'Shea headed into the arms of David De Gea before the Spaniard saved smartly with his legs from Jeremain Lens following a fine David M'Vila pass.

But the hosts' authority slowly grew as the game wore on, though chances were not coming. When they did open the scoring, it appeared to come from nowhere.

With the first half in the last of its four additional minutes for stoppages, Daley Blind's deep cross was turned across the face of goal by Juan Mata leaving Memphis as easy finish.

If Sunderland had hopes of a second half turnaround, they didn't last long. Just a minute after the restart Anthony Martial skinned Younes Kaboul before crossing to allow Rooney to bundle home a second and end his long wait for a league goal.

Sunderland, to their credit, continued to push, and carved out good chances. However, Patrick van Aanholt and Ola Toivonen found once again found De Gea in resolute mood.

In truth, though, Manchester United never looked likely to pass up the opportunity to go to leapfrog rivals City and go top of the pile.

By the time Mata calmly fired home the third from close range after incisive wing-play from Ashley Young, the three points were already firmly in the bag.