Sebastian Larsson’s 30th-minute volley proved the only goal of the afternoon as Sunderland beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1968.
The result also relegated Fulham and Cardiff City, who lost at Stoke and Newcastle, respectively.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Manchester United Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Manchester United
De Gea: Larsson’s goal-bound volley was the only shot he faced in the first half.
Jones: Much of what United are creating offensively is coming from his right-hand side.
Ferdinand: Might have done better to close down Larsson ahead of the goal.
Vidic: Committed a pair of fouls in the opening frame.
Evra: Tested Mannone with a decent header midway through the period.
Fletcher: Lost Wickham on the left as the Sunderland midfielder played in the cross that set up Larsson.
Carrick: Touched the ball 57 times in the first half, completing a sub-standard 85% of his passes.
Nani: Has completely switched off.
Mata: Forced Mannone into making a good save on the half-volley with just a minute remaining in the first half.
Young: Doing double duty on both flanks with Nani AWOL.
Hernandez: Only a single shot so far, and it didn’t hit the target.
Full-Time analysis for Manchester United
De Gea: Had no chance on the goal, but he was well beaten on the two occasions Sunderland hit the woodwork.
Jones: Perhaps his side’s best player on the day; he had 92 touches of the ball and completed 94% of his passes.
Ferdinand: Was caught out of position more than once.
Vidic: Should have been sent off for a late, two-footed tackle on Altidore.
Evra: Set up Hernandez with a delightful pass only for the Mexico striker to sky his effort.
Fletcher: Rate of distribution plummeted in the second half.
Carrick: One of his poorest performances of the season.
Nani: Got only seven minutes of the second half before being substituted.
Mata: His distribution was decent, but he still failed to create a single goalscoring opportunity.
Young: Plenty of touches, good distribution and some successful dribbles in a decent performance.
Hernandez: A wasteful showing; he’ll likely be headed out of the club during the summer.
Januzaj: Immediately added a bit of life to the United attack upon his introduction.
Van Persie: Just seven touches in 23 minutes.
Welbeck: His rate of passing was perfect, but he managed only a single shot.
|Sunderland Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Sunderland
Mannone: Made good saves on Evra and Mata.
Vergini: Has won all of his aerial battles so far.
O’Shea: Completed 88% of his passes out of the defense in the first half.
Brown: Not giving Hernandez an inch.
Alonso: Distribution has been woeful, and if United are to create a meaningful opening you feel it’ll be down his flank.
Larsson: Took his volley extremely well to open the scoring.
Cattermole: A typically combative performance from the midfielder so far.
Colback: Did not misplace a single pass in the first half.
Johnson: Created a pair of chances on the dribble, but too often his final ball has been heavy.
Wickham: Exceptional cross to Larsson.
Borini: Drew a pair of fouls off Vidic and Carrick.
Full-Time analysis for Sunderland
Mannone: Fumbled a United corner midway through the second half but was saved by Brown’s clearance.
Vergini: Made an important intervention on Evra in the dying moments of the match.
O’Shea: Won all of his aerial battles.
Brown: An effective, well-positioned display from former United defender.
Alonso: He faced constant pressure, but thanks to help from Cattermole, Colback, and Borini he was able to hold firm.
Larsson: Contributed three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Cattermole: Managed to get through a match in which he was mostly on the back-foot without being booked.
Colback: Misplaced just a single pass over the 90 minutes.
Johnson: Had only 29 touches of the ball before being substituted.
Wickham: Didn’t manage a single shot but earned an assist on Larsson’s winner.
Borini: Had De Gea beaten but hit the crossbar
Giaccherini: Rang a shot off the upright shortly after coming on.
Altidore: Played just two minutes more than Van Persie but had triple the touches.
Bridcutt: Helped his side hold onto the lead in the final 14 minutes.