foothold after the shock of the early goal, and David De Gea’s magnificent effort to keep the score at 0-1 in the first half was crucial.
Subplot: Once news of Januzaj’s selection from the start filtered out, the questions over whether he was up to the task were asked straight away. The final outcome answered them perfectly, but a solid performance by a side without Rio Ferdinand and Marouane Fellaini steadied the ship before Januzaj's moments of magic.
Opposition: Sunderland made a superb start and could have been even further ahead by half-time, but their efforts before the break seemed to take a lot out of Kevin Ball’s side. Once United had gone ahead, the home side had nothing left in the tank and they failed to consistently worry the Reds.
Move of the match Januzaj’s cute turn and pass to Evra gave the Belgian enough time and space to pick up the return to bury the ball past Westwood. A defining moment in the match, and what a way for a young player to mark his first start in the Premier League.
In the stands : The early goal pumped up the volume in the Stadium of Light and spurred the home side on in the first half. The United contingent responded in kind once the Reds had put their foot on the gas, and Januzaj’s magnificent strikes will have been the topic of conversation on their return journeys from Wearside.