Sunderland's Rare Win at Old Trafford Adds to Manchester United's Awful Season

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Sunderland's Rare Win at Old Trafford Adds to Manchester United's Awful Season
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Thanks to a 30th-minute goal from midfielder Sebastian Larsson and a clean sheet from goalkeeper Vito Mannone, Sunderland picked up a rare Premier League win at Old Trafford on Saturday. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this was the first Sunderland victory of the sort since 1968.

Also, 11v11.com indicates that the win was Sunderland's first over Manchester United in league play since March 8, 1997, when Sunderland were in their final season playing at Roker Park.

However, Sunderland did defeat The Red Devils on penalties in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final earlier this year.

It has been a streak-ending season for Manchester United, although only in the most negative of ways.

In the first year after the Sir Alex Ferguson era ended, Manchester United have lost seven matches at Old Trafford, including defeats to Sunderland, Swansea City, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

Swansea City had never won at the storied ground in Premier League play, while Newcastle, West Brom and Sunderland were all more than 35 years into their winless droughts.

It has been a dreadful season for Manchester United, who will fail to finish in the top three of the table for the first time since the Premier League era began in 1992.

David Moyes, the man tabbed by Ferguson to continue the winning tradition, was fired on April 22 following a loss to former club Everton at Goodison Park.

Midfielder Ryan Giggs took over the managing duties on an interim basis, but was unable to focus the squad enough to defeat Sunderland, who were bound for relegation just a few weeks ago.

With two matches left to play, Manchester United are currently seventh in the table and six points behind Tottenham Hotspur for the final Europa League qualifying spot.

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