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')