Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland: Rooney at the double in Old Trafford victory

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Manchester United moved back into third place after beating Sunderland 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Manchester United slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City last weekend, but bounced back today with a 2-0 win over struggling Sunderland.

The Red Devils have come in for criticism for their recent performances - especially midfielder Angel Di Maria, who was hauled off at half-time after a disappointing display in the first period.

On came Adnan Januzaj, and United looked far more dangerous in the second half - but it took a penalty to finally unlock the Sunderland defence.

After superb control from Radamel Falcao inside the area, the Colombian was tripped by former United defender John O'Shea. But, in farcical circumstances, it was another ex-Red Devil, in the form of Wes Brown, who was sent off for denying a clear goalscoring chance.

Wayne Rooney stepped up to drive the ball past Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal, and United were dominant from there on in.

Rooney made it two when he headed home from close range after Januzaj's shot had been parried, whilst Ander Herrera had a late goal chalked off for offside.

United move back up into third place with this victory, whilst Sunderland are hovering precariously above the drop zone, just three points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. 

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