Sunderland 1-1 Manchester United: Red Devils continue to struggle

Sunderland Stadium of Light

Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with Sunderland away from home in the Premier League.

Manchester United picked up their first point of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Louis van Gaal’s side had lost their opening game of the season 2-1 to Swansea City at Old Trafford last weekend and are yet to win a competitive match under the Dutchman.

Hosts Sunderland created the first chance of the match after just four minutes when Lee Cattermole saw his shot from outside the box go wide. Four minutes later United midfielder Tom Cleverley tried his luck from distance but in vain.

It was the Red Devils who made the breakthrough at the Stadium of Light, Juan Mata tapping home a right-wing cross from just yards out in the 17th minute.

However, United failed to hold onto the lead for long and conceded the equaliser on the half-hour mark, Jack Rodwell heading home Sebastian Larsson’s delivery.

Steven Fletcher could have made it 2-1 to Sunderland four minutes before the half-time interval, but his left-footed attempt from inside the United box went wide.

The Manchester outfit continued to struggle to create clear-cut chances in the second half and could have gone 2-1 down just six minutes into the restart had Connor Wickham been able to keep his attempt on target.

Michael Keane had a chance to put United back in front on 70 minutes when he headed a Juan Mata cross towards goal, but it was kept out by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Both sides had chances thereafter, but had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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