Man Utd v Sunderland: Can Seb strike again to improve on Cats’ one win in 10?

Seb Larsson sweeps home past David de Gea
Seb Larsson sweeps home past David de Gea
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Sunderland have just one victory to their name in their last 10 visits to Manchester United in the Premier League.

That came towards the end of the 2013/14 season when Seb Larsson swept home to pick up a huge three points toward the Black Cats’ escape from relegation.

Lee Cattermole celebrates victory at Old Trafford

Lee Cattermole celebrates victory at Old Trafford

Last season, a Wayne Rooney double, inluding a penalty, gave United a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.

The opening goal – the spot-kick – followed the dismissal of Wes Brown for a foul, though the culprit was actually John O’Shea. The red card was later rescinded.

Rooney was also on target in the 12/13 season clash in the North West. Robin van Persie and Tom Cleveley also scored for the hosts with Fraizer Campbell netting a consolation.

Wes Brown’s return to his former home in the 2011-12 season was an unhappy one as he netted the only goal - in his own net.

Wes Brown’s return to his former home in the 2011-12 season was an unhappy one as he netted the only goal - in his own net.

Here’s how the teams lined up.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Jones, Evra, Fletcher (F Da Silva), Ferdinand, Vidic, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck (Berbatov), Hernandez, Park (Carrick). Subs not used: Evans, Valencia, Diouf

Sunderland: Westwood, Bardsley, Richardson, Cattermole, Turner, Brown, Larsson, Colback (Meyler), Bendtner, Wickham (Ji), Sessegnon (Elmohamady). Subs not used: Carson, Egan, Gardner.

The season before, United won the clash 2-0 thanks to goals from Berbatov and an Anton Ferdinand og.

Seb Larsson is congratulated after his winning goal at Manchester United

Seb Larsson is congratulated after his winning goal at Manchester United

It was a case of deja-vu for the younger Ferdinand brother ... as he also netted an own goal the season before. This time it was 90th minute disaster that gave United a 2-2 draw.

Darren Bent had put Sunderland ahead only for Dimitar Berbatov to level. Kenwyne Jones stunned the home crowd with a second Black Cats goal, but United’s pressure ended up with Kieran Richardson being sent off after 85 minutes. And the leveller duly followed.

In the 2007/8 season, a Louis Saha goal gave United a 1-0 win against Sunderland, and the following year, Nemanja Vidic’s 90th minute effort was the only goal.

In 2005/6 Sunderland put on a brave display to draw 0-0 at Old Trafford. Unfortunately, they were still relegated on a day when they effectively ended the hosts’ title hopes.

Going back to the 2002-3 season, some familar names appear. The game was won by goals from David Beckham (81) and Paul Scholes (90), after a fourth-minute Juan Veron own goal had put the Black Cats ahead.

Here’s how the teams line up that day.

Man Utd: Barthez (Carroll), O’Shea (Giggs), Silvestre, Keane, Brown, Ferdinand, Beckham, Veron (G Neville), Solksjaer, Forlan, Scholes. Subs not used: P Neville, Richardson

Sunderland: Macho, Wright, McCartney, Kilbane, Craddock, Babb, Thirlwell, McCann (Williams), Flo (Proctor), Phillips, Stewart (Oster). Subs not used: Sorensen, Bjorklund.