Manchester United vs. Sunderland: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2012

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester Uinted in action with Simon Mignolet of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on May 13, 2012 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland, Old Trafford, Full Time

After establishing an early grip on this encounter, Manchester United capitalised on their pressure to go 2-0 up by halftime thanks to strikes from Robin van Persie and Tom Cleverley.

The second half displayed a very similar story and Wayne Rooney deservedly added to United's tally to seemingly put the game beyond Sunderland's grasp.

Although substitute, Fraizer Campbell, pitched in with a consolation strike against his former club, it was a case of too little, too late for the visitors, who head back to the north-east with a lot to mull over.

Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney; Van Persie

Manchester United Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Vidic, Welbeck, Scholes, Fletcher

Scorers: Van Persie (16') Cleverley (19') Rooney (59')

Sunderland Starting XI: Mignolet, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Bramble, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon

Sunderland Subs: Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Westwood, Saha

Scorers: Campbell (72')