Sub-plots Fletcher led the team as captain in only his eighth appearance since returning from a year out due to illness, but even that was no consolation: "It's a great moment to be captain, don't get me wrong, but it's tainted a lot by not winning the match."
Opposition Spurred on by a 9,000-strong travelling support, Sunderland started with a cautious eye on their 2-1 advantage but they grew in confidence and didn’t relent in extra time either. It wasn’t the most clinical penalty shoot-out but even two De Gea saves were not enough to stop Sunderland taking the win.
Move of the match Shinji Kagawa patiently probed and passed to work some space for a delightfully-weighted lofted pass into Chicharito in the first half. The Mexican took the ball away from goal, but Kagawa’s vision was sublime.
In the stands Buoyed by Sunderland’s bumper away following, Old Trafford was lively and Chicharito’s late goal was a high point. But it was all too short-lived.