30/03/2013 14:49, Report by Steve Bartram
Sunderland 0 United 1
United's hunt for a second goal was shelved in place of staying tight and falling back on a defensive fortitude rekindled in 2013.
The hosts' aerial approach was repelled superbly by Vidic, Evans, Smalling and Büttner, while De Gea was up to the task when Connor Wickham registered Sunderland's first shot on target in the 90th minute. Van Persie almost added a second goal with the final kick of the game, only for Mignolet to bravely block his effort.
There have been mightier displays from Sir Alex's side en route to making history, but the numbers drown out the superlatives on this occasion: 30 matches, 25 wins and a 15-point lead over Manchester City with eight games remaining this season.