SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict on the Black Cats’ 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Mannone 7 - Far more assured than he looked at West Brom on the opening day. Produced a superb sliding tackle on Ashley Young when he was last man.
Vergini 7 - Looked sharper as the game wore on as he familiarised himself with the Premier League again.
Brown 7 - Would surely walk back into Man United’s back four, given the unconvincing options available to Louis van Gaal. Typically resilient.
O’Shea 7 - Got away with a suicidal square pass to Brown, but handled both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie well by sticking tight to the United front pair.
van Aanholt 6 - Culpable for an opposition goal for the second time in as many games, yet recovered well. Positioning much better than at West Brom too.
Cattermole 8 - Again a colossal presence in the middle of the park. As Sunderland tired in the second half, Cattermole was the one who ensured United were unable to get in the ascendancy.
Larsson 7 - Lost Juan Mata for the opening goal, yet made amends with the corner headed home by Jack Rodwell.
Rodwell 7 - Excellently-taken first Sunderland goal and was sharper than on his debut at West Brom. Every minute is helping for him. (Sub Gomez 6 - couple of threatening moments, but couple of sloppy giveaways too).
BUCKLEY 8 - Showed no fear on his maiden Premier League start in running at United’s suspect back-line. Tired in the second half, yet showed what he will add to Sunderland’s attack. (Sub Bridcutt 6 - shored things up in the closing stages)
Wickham 7 - Prominently involved despite being played out of position as an inside forward. Should have done better with early chance, yet came closest of anyone to a winner.
Fletcher 5 - Struggled to make any sort of impression against a fragile opposition defence. Badly needs a goal. (Sub Altidore 7 - several powerful runs and put United on the back foot, despite lack of match fitness).
MAN UNITED: De Gea 6, Jones 6, Smalling 5 (Keane 6), Blackett 6, Valencia 7, Young 6, Fletcher 6 (Januzaj 6), Cleverley 6, MATA 7, Rooney 7, van Persie 6 (Welbeck 7)