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Sunderland   0

6 December 2008 Old Trafford 75,400

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Man United
1Van der Sar
2Rafael
5Ferdinand
15Vidicgoal
3Evra
7Ronaldosub11
16Carrick
24Fletchersub8
7Parksub32
10Rooneyyellow card
9Berbatov
Subs:
29Kuszczak
6Evans
2Neville
8Andersonsub24
11Giggssub7
17Nani
32Tevezsub7
Sunderland
13Fulop
39Chimbonda
35Ferdinand
22Collins
2Bardsley
8Malbranque
43Reid
18Whiteheadsub7
19Yorkesub4
11Diouf
23Cissesub9
Subs:
14Murphy
18Leadbitter
7Edwardssub18
9Jonessub23
6Nosworthy
4Tainiosub19
46Colgan

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Edwin van der Sar
Edwin could have popped down to the shops in the first half and United still wouldn’t have conceded. Such was Sunderland’s limp attack. Didn’t get much busier after the break.

Rafael
Enjoyed a lot of freedom down the right and produced some dangerous in-swinging crosses. Confident on the ball and loves getting forward, he adds another dimension to the Reds’ play.

Rio Ferdinand
Not the most demanding of afternoons for Rio, although he makes everything look so easy anyway. Solid and dependable, as you’d expect.

Nemanja Vidic
Lost out in the odd foot race with Djibril Cisse, but there’s no shame in that. His positioning always made up for that fact and he never looked unsettled. United’s unlikely hero.

Patrice Evra
With little to do at the back, Evra was allowed time to bomb forward. He did that regularly, although Sunderland dealt well with his crosses.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Offered little protection from referee Mark Halsey, the Portuguese took a few knocks before the interval. But it was a legal second-half challenge that put the winger out of the game.

Michael Carrick
Passed well in the heart of midfield and looks to have developed a real eye for goal. He’s not afraid to shoot these days and it was his strike that led to United’s late winner.

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