Sunderland showed once again that they are capable of getting points at home against the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
A burst pipe in the Manchester United changing room delayed kick off, which is ironic as Manchester United’s leaky defence has looked in dire need of some plumbing in recent weeks.
With Rooney injured Fergie suprisingly opted to start with Owen and Macheda upfront, whilst Dimitar Berbatov dropped to the bench.
This decision ultimately did not pay off, as the pair were ineffective together and created few chances.
Sunderland were by far the best team in the first half and were unlucky not to go ahead when Malbranque found himself one on one with Van Der Sar, but hit it straight at the United keeper.
Dimitar Berbatov provided United’s best chances after his introduction in the second half in which their performance improved, though they did not look deserving of three points.
Both teams came close to grabbing a winner, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.
To put a positive spin on things for United they are now unbeaten in their last sixteen games in the Premier League and kept a clean sheet for the second game in a row.
Sir Alex claimed he was satisfied with the performance, stating ‘Sunderland had the most chances in the game and I have to say we were fantastic defensively’.
However, on the flipside of the coin they are still without an away win after seven games and run the risk of being left behind in the title race if this trend continues.
Sunderland: Mignolet 7, Onuoha 7, Turner 7, Bramble 7, Bardsley 6, Malbranque 6, Cattermole 7, Henderson 7, Zenden 7, Elmohamady 7, Bent 7.
Subs: Gyan, Reid.
Man Utd: Van der Sar 7, Rafael Da Silva 6, Ferdinand 7, Vidic 7, O’Shea 6, Nani 6, Scholes 6, Fletcher 5, Anderson 5, Macheda 5, Owen 5.
Subs: Berbatov, Hernandez, Bebe.
Man of the Match: Lee Cattermole