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13 MAY 2012, STADIUM OF LIGHT Attendance: 46,452

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22Mignolet
2Bardsleyyellow cardsub3
19Bramble
4Turneryellow card
16O'Sheasub27
28Sessegnon
8Gardner
14Colback
15Vaughansub10
23McClean
9Campbellyellow card
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18Meyler
27Elmohamadysub16
20Westwood
17Ji
3Bridgesub2
25Kyrgiakos
10Wickhamsub15
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1De Gea
4Jonesyellow card
6Evans
5Ferdinand
3Evra
11Giggsyellow card
16Carrick
22Scholesyellow card
7Valencia
10Rooneygoal
18Youngsub17
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40Amos
14Hernandez
9Berbatov
17Nanisub18
7Park
7Owen
2Rafael

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13/05/2012 16:03, Report by Steve Bartram
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Sunderland 0 United 1

Though Sunderland looked menacing on the break, United’s pressure gradually began to tell. Antonio Valencia worked his way past former Reds defender John O’Shea and squared for Rooney, whose shot was blocked by Michael Turner.

Giggs’ floated corner was reached by Phil Jones ahead of Mignolet, but the England defender’s header agonisingly cleared the crossbar and dropped onto the roof of the net. Jones atoned within two minutes, however, as he teed up the game’s opening goal.

The ball was worked wide to the Reds’ right-back and, as Sunderland sat deep, he curled in a magnificent deep ball which Rooney stooped to nod inside Mignolet’s post, sending the small but strident band of travelling supporters wild – especially with the scoreline still blank at the Etihad Stadium.

Just before the half-hour, United twice came close to doubling their lead. First, Mignolet showed sharp reflexes to beat away Giggs’ prodded effort, before Rooney floated a beautiful free-kick onto the top of the crossbar from just outside the area.

Having equalled his personal best season tally of 34 goals with the opener, Rooney was in the mood to embellish his haul – and he really should have done in the 34th minute. Impressive approach play from Valencia teed up Young, and the winger’s shot should have been swept in by Rooney, who somehow scuffed his effort off-target.

Sunderland quickly rallied, buoyed on by an increasingly tetchy home support, and might have drawn level when Fraizer Campbell stretched to volley goalwards. He could only skew his effort comfortably wide. The Stadium of Light was engulfed by cheers, however, when news filtered through that Pablo

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