Sunderland fans have little to shout about at the moment. The club has been unfortunate enough to suffer a double relegation and now reside in League One, where they’re competing with Luton Town and Portsmouth for promotion. However, five years ago today they beat Manchester United on penalties to go to Wembley.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) 22 January 2019
It was exactly five years ago today that 9000 Sunderland fans travelled to Manchester for a night they’ll never forget. Having beaten Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in the first-leg the Black Cats travelled to Old Trafford full of hope that they could advance past the Red Devils and reach a Wembley final, and they got there in the most dramatic of fashions.
With the away goals rule only applying after extra-time, Jonny Evans goal forced the game to extra time at 2-2, even though United led on away goals. However, a late Phil Bardsley goal had the fans believing they’d won it before Javier Hernandez dashed their hopes and sent them to penalties. At that point, it was just time for another Sunderland hero to emerge, as Vito Mannone saved two spot-kicks and sent the Mackems to Wembley.
You can read the Sunderland fans’ memories of that famous win here:
I loved the whole Wembley weekend experience, but that semi final, because of the pure emotions everyone went through is up there as the best night for me #safc
— paula fairbairn (@freesialady) January 22, 2019
Class mate. One of the best away days that.
— Todd Young (@YoungyCK1) January 22, 2019
A night to remember! Watching this at home with my dad was the most nerve wracking moment of my life! Then screaming the house down with that save was amazing!
— Paul Wright (@ObscurePaulie92) January 22, 2019
What a night that was
— Neil lang (@Neillang057) January 22, 2019
@VitoMannone88 Ooooooh Vito mannone!!!!!! Ooooooh Vito mannone!!!!!! Greatest away night of my life. That was our final. What a match and what a win. Thanks for playing your part in this historic fixture.
— Richy Duggan (@richyduggan) January 22, 2019
Best away day for a long time unreal
— Connor Burrell (@ConnorBurrell1) January 22, 2019
An amazing experience. Watching it at home with my dad as couldn’t get time off for this one then an unforgettable weekend with friends for the final. Probably never experience it again but happy I got it once.
— Craig Bowers (@OistyTFFXIV) January 22, 2019
Proper Sunderland way of doing things. What a night !
— Gary Bellamy (@Gaz_Bellamy) January 22, 2019
Best night ever for me. 9k fans, all those buses going back across the M62, what a sight.
— 0-3 (@seansafc1973) January 22, 2019
The Black Cats will never forget their Old Trafford win, and will hope that one day they can get back to a Wembley final, even if it is a League One playoff.
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