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Barclays Premier League

Sunday, 24 August 2014,

Sunderland
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Man United
  • Kickoff: 16:00 BST
  • Stadium: Stadium of Light
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 43,217
  • 30' Jack Rodwell
  • 17' Juan Mata

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Buckley aiming for dream impact

Sunderland new boy Will Buckley is relishing the challenge of taking the next step in his football education under Gus Poyet.

The 24-year-old winger finally joined the Black Cats this month to end Poyet's seven-month chase for his former Brighton star and could make his home debut against Manchester United on Sunday.

Buckley made his Barclays Premier League bow as a substitute in Sunderland 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Poyet was unable to prise Buckley away from the Seagulls in January, where he had helped the midfielder make the transition from League Two to the Sky Bet Championship, but signed him for B£2.5million earlier this month.

And against United Buckley is confident that Poyet can help him fulfil his dreams.

He said: "Obviously, everyone knows what he did as a player but I have worked under him now for over two years and his passion just comes across to the players in a good way.

"He just gets the best out of me. Hopefully he improves players, that's one of his qualities, and hopefully I can carry on improving now I have joined here as well."

Buckley's rise has been impressive - since he was playing his football with Rochdale in League Two when Watford handed him a Championship chance in January 2010.

By his own admission, the progression was not straightforward, but he adapted to such an extent that within 18 months, Brighton were prepared to pay B£1million for him.

He said: "When I went from League Two to the Championship, for the first couple of months, I actually struggled, then I saw myself improving day to day. Hopefully that can be the same with the Premier League."

Buckley had 17 minutes as an emergency right-back at The Hawthorns to assess just how much he has to learn as he makes his latest step forward, but one difference between the Premier League and the Championship was immediately apparent.

He said: "They let you have the ball a little bit more comfortably, but when it gets to that final third, it's going to be more difficult to create goals and score goals, which everyone wants to do."

Buckley joins former Brighton team-mate Liam Bridcutt at the Stadium of Light with Poyet backing him to rise to the top-flight challenge.

The South American tended to play with a lone striker last season with the likes of Adam Johnson and Fabio Borini - the Italian remains tantalisingly out of the club's grasp as the close of the transfer window looms - providing support.

A similar role would hold no fears for Buckley, who admits his instinct is to attack.

He said: "Growing up, I was always a striker but when I first broke on to the professional scene, I started playing as a winger and that's probably my best position now.

"I can play up front, but as a winger is probably where Gus has bought me to play.

"With the three he plays up there, it's interchanging and you get to play all along the front three, so I am comfortable playing in any one of those positions."

Sunderland - who are without Emanuele Giaccherini (groin) - will be looking to inflict a second defeat in a week on United after Louis van Gaal lost his first game in charge to Swansea.

Van Gaal signed Marcos Rojo for B£16m from Sporting Lisbon in mid-week but the defender will not play at the Stadium of Light as he is yet to receive a work permit.

Michael Carrick, Marounane Fellaini and Ander Herrera (all ankle) are out along with Luke Shaw (hamstring), Jonny Evans (leg), Anderson (calf) and Jesse Lingard and Danny Welbeck (both knee)

The boss insisted he felt like he had gone from the king of Manchester to the devil after defeat but United legend Dennis Irwin insisted he is not worried about the direction of the club.

He said: "We have to trust him because he is an experienced manager he has won things everywhere he has gone," the former defender said at the launch of Manchester United and Apollo Tyre's 'Go The Distance Pitch' at Old Trafford.

"It was a disappointing result and a poor performance but going forward, I think we might need a little bit of patience for the manager to get his ideas across

"He has been with us for a month. We had a lot of matches in the first two and a half three weeks of pre-season so he didn't really get much of a chance to get his ideas across.

"It's only now and within the next two or three months that his philosophy will eventually come through.

"Last year wasn't a good year for us, finishing seventh, particularly with the 23 years we had previously, but I think we will have a really good year."

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End Regular Time

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End Regular Time

91'+3

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

91'+3

Wes Brown (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 94'

91'+2

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 93'

91'+2

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

91'+2

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 93'

91'+1

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

91'

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90'

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 90'

89'

Attempt saved. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Keane.

89'

Michael Keane (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 89'

87'

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

86'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 86'

85'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 85'

85'

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 85'

85'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 85'

83'

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 83'

82'

Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

82'

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 82'

82'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 82'

79'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 79'

79'

Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces William Buckley.

78'

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

78'

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 78'

77'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 77'

77'

Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Steven Fletcher.

75'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John O'Shea.

75'

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 75'

75'

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

73'

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 73'

72'

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 72'

72'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 72'

72'

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

72'

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 72'

70'

Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

70'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 70'

70'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

68'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 68'

68'

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

68'

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

68'

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 68'

68'

Michael Keane (Manchester United) Throw In at 68'

67'

John O'Shea (Sunderland) Free Kick at 67'

67'

Tom Cleverley

67'

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66'

Attempt missed. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

66'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 66'

65'

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

65'

William Buckley (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 65'

65'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 65'

65'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64'

Vito Mannone (Sunderland) Free Kick at 64'

63'

Substitution, Sunderland. Jordi Gómez replaces Jack Rodwell.

63'

Substitution, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj replaces Darren Fletcher.

63'

Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Robin van Persie.

62'

Ashley Young

62'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

59'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 59'

59'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

59'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 59'

59'

Wes Brown (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 59'

59'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 59'

57'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 57'

56'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 56'

55'

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 55'

55'

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free Kick at 55'

55'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

Vito Mannone (Sunderland) Free Kick at 52'

52'

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

51'

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 51'

51'

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley.

51'

William Buckley (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 51'

51'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 51'

49'

Wes Brown (Sunderland) Free Kick at 49'

49'

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 49'

48'

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Free Kick at 48'

47'

Offside, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

47'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 47'

47'

Michael Keane (Manchester United) Free Kick at 47'

46'

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

46'

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1.

46'+2

First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1.

46'+2

Halftime

46'+1

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 47'

46'+1

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 47'

44'

Wes Brown (Sunderland) Free Kick at 44'

44'

Substitution, Manchester United. Michael Keane replaces Chris Smalling because of an injury.

43'

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

42'

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Rodwell with a headed pass.

42'

Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 42'

41'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 41'

41'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 41'

40'

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Free Kick at 40'

40'

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 39'

37'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 37'

35'

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

33'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Free Kick at 33'

33'

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Free Kick at 33'

32'

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).

30'

1 - 1

Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

30'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 30'

30'

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tom Cleverley.

29'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 29'

28'

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

28'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 28'

28'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 28'

27'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 26'

26'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Free Kick at 26'

26'

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) Free Kick at 25'

25'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 25'

24'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

24'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 24'

22'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 22'

21'

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

21'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 21'

20'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 20'

20'

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17'

0 - 1

Goal! Sunderland 0, Manchester United 1. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

16'

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Buckley.

16'

William Buckley (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 16'

15'

Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 15'

15'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 15'

14'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 14'

14'

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13'

Attempt blocked. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

13'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 13'

13'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 13'

13'

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 11'

11'

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 11'

11'

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 10'

10'

Offside, Sunderland. Connor Wickham tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

10'

John O'Shea (Sunderland) Free Kick at 10'

10'

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9'

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free Kick at 9'

9'

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

8'

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

8'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 8'

7'

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 7'

4'

Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

4'

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 4'

4'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 4'

2'

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 2'

2'

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 2'

1'

Kickoff

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Possession

45%
55%
  • Sunderland
  • Manchester United

Shots

11
10

Shots on target

3
3

Fouls

10
15

Corners

4
4

Yellow Cards

0
2

Red Cards

0
0

Sunderland

Sunderland1 - 1Man United
West Brom2 - 2Sunderland
Sunderland1 - 3Swansea
Sunderland2 - 0West Brom
Man United0 - 1Sunderland
Sunderland4 - 0Cardiff

Man United

Sunderland1 - 1Man United
Man United1 - 2Swansea
Southampton1 - 1Man United
Man United3 - 1Hull
Man United0 - 1Sunderland
Man United4 - 0Norwich

Head to Head

Sunderland1 - 1Man United
Man United0 - 1Sunderland
Man United2 - 1Sunderland
Sunderland2 - 1Man United
Sunderland1 - 2Man United
Sunderland0 - 1Man United

Sunderland

  • 25Vito Mannone
  • 27Santiago Vergini
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 5Wes Brown
  • 3Patrick Van Aanholt
  • 7Sebastian Larsson
  • 8Jack Rodwell
  • -> Jordi Gómez
  • 9Steven Fletcher
  • -> Jozy Altidore
  • 10Connor Wickham
  • 30William Buckley
  • -> Liam Bridcutt
  • 6Lee Cattermole
  • Subs
  • 29Valentin Roberge
  • 18Charalampos Mavrias
  • 2Billy Jones
  • 1Costel Pantilimon

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 42Tyler Blackett
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • 8Juan Mata
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 23Tom Cleverley
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • -> Michael Keane
  • 20Robin van Persie
  • -> Danny Welbeck
  • 24Darren Fletcher
  • -> Adnan Januzaj
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • Subs
  • 41Reece James
  • 26Shinji Kagawa
  • 40Ben Amos
  • 14Javier Hernández

Rodwell denies Van Gaal first win

Jack Rodwell's first Sunderland goal left Louis van Gaal still awaiting his first Premier League win as Manchester United collected their first point of the season.

The 10 million pound summer signing from Manchester City capitalised on woeful defending to head home Sebastian Larsson's corner on the half-hour, in the process cancelling out Juan Mata's opener.

But in truth, the Spaniard's 17th-minute strike had come against the run of play with the visitors once again misfiring alarmingly as they tried to come to terms with Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.

Even Robin van Persie's presence could not spark a marked improvement on a day when reports claimed Real Madrid striker Angel di Maria was heading for Old Trafford, and the Black Cats, roared on by a crowd of 43,217 at the Stadium of Light, gave as good as they got.

United lacked both invention and penetration as Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet looked to exploit their frailty at the back by asking Connor Wickham and Will Buckley to utilise the space behind Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, which they did to good effect.

Buoyed by Van Persie's return, United emerged looking for a significant improvement on their performance in last weekend's home defeat by Swansea.

However, what Van Gaal got was a display every bit as dysfunctional as the one which heralded the start of the new campaign.

His decision to field Young and Valencia as wing-backs once again exposed a fragile back three of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett which was further reduced in terms of experience when Smalling limped off before the break to be replaced by Michael Keane.

But it was not only at the back that the visitors struggled with Sunderland clearly carrying the momentum of last season's two victories over United, and skipper Wayne Rooney and strike-partner Van Persie saw little of the ball where it mattered most.

Nevertheless, it was United who took the lead, although they did so at a time when the breakthrough looked more likely to come at the other end.

Young had already put his defence under pressure with an aimless crossfield pass and Lee Cattermole unleashed two long-range efforts when winger Buckley, making his full debut for the Black Cats, cut inside Blackett and cross for Wickham, who wastefully scuffed his shot straight at keeper David de Gea.

Sunderland were made to pay within seconds as Valencia managed to ease past full-back Patrick van Aanholt and cross low to the far post, where Mata ran off the back of Larsson to score from close range.

The goal visibly settled United and they enjoyed a sustained period of possession as they threatened to take control.

However, they allowed their hosts back into the game on the half-hour when, after Buckley's direct play had earned his side a corner, Larsson delivered the resulting set-piece to the near post and Rodwell headed firmly home with Valencia having done little to impede his progress.

United's response was lukewarm, and there was little doubt that Poyet would have been the happier of the two managers as their respective teams left the pitch at the break.

Indeed, the home side might have taken the lead six minutes after the restart when Wickham was given time to work himself into a shooting position inside the box and Blackett somehow blocked his effort with De Gea beaten.

But Van Gaal's men gradually assumed control as they dominated possession, although with Sunderland defending deep, space was at a premium even with Rooney dropping ever deeper.

They almost found a way through with 62 minutes gone when Van Persie surged into the box only to be halted by Vergini's last-ditch challenge, and Young was booked for simulation after going over Wes Brown's leg as the pair close don the rebound.

Van Persie departed seconds later as he and Darren Fletcher were replaced by Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj, but Larsson failed to make the most of Wickham's fine 68th-minute through-ball as United lived dangerously once again.

Larsson passed up a good opportunity when he curled a free-kick well wide with 15 minutes remaining with Sunderland hunting all three points.

To that end, Poyet attempted to pile the pressure on the visitors' rearguard with the introduction of battering-ram frontman Jozy Altidore, although defensive confusion inside the Sunderland penalty area very nearly cost them on more than one occasion in a frenetic finish.


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