Opposition The hosts had faded away after a good start, with their opener coming very much against the run of play. Conceding Vidic’s equaliser seemed to revive Gus Poyet’s side, who created a couple of chances prior to the penalty that eventually handed them victory.
Move of the match A swift switch of play moved the ball out to Patrice Evra, and Januzaj was unlucky that his alertness in despatching the rebound from his initial shot came to nothing when Giggs was flagged offside.
In the stands The 4,800 United fans that made the midweek trip to the North East made plenty of noise and accounted for a sizeable chunk of an under-populated Stadium of Light. Sunderland’s goal revived their fans after the break, and while the equaliser put the visiting contingent back on top for a while, the eventual winner evened things up for the rest of the night.
All supporters can buy tickets for the second leg now, online or by calling 0161 868 8000. Tickets for under-16s are priced at just £5 each (with an accompanying adult).
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