It’s been 13 years since Sunderland took victory against Manchester United in the league. The game which ended 2-1, was the first and last win over Man United during Alex Ferguson’s tenure as Red Devils boss.
The 1996/97 season was the last to be played at Roker Park. What should have been a historic win over Man United was overshadowed by the relegation. Sunderland broke another relegation record that season, this time going down with the highest points tally of 40 points, a single point behind Coventry.
The Black Cats have since moved house to the Stadium of Light, and now have Steve Bruce in place of Peter Reid. The 2010/11 season has had it’s ups and downs so far, with the most positive displays coming against the top sides in the league.Their only win has come against Man City, though Sunderland were very unfortunate to come away from Anfield last week with a single point.
With international games on the horizon, many ought to have been out to impress. The in-form Darren Bent was raring to get another goal against Manchester United in order to keep in the England fray.
Sunderland were full to the brim with confidence and there was no reason why they ought not to have given Fergie’s men a run for their money.
Manchester United’s away form continues to fall from their usual standards. Ferguson’s side threw away two points at Goodison park a few weeks ago, and looked uncharacteristically shaky against Bolton.
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