Manchester United picked up their first point of the new Premier League season on Sunday, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Juan Mata gave United the lead—somewhat against the run of play, it must be said—just 17 minutes into the first half, before Jack Rodwell got Sunderland back on terms with a powerful header on the half-hour mark.
Once again playing in the 3-5-2 formation new manager Louis van Gaal seemingly prefers, United again struggled for fluency and organisation throughout the 90 minutes—just as they did in the defeat to Swansea City last weekend. This time they at least avoided getting beaten, although Van Gaal still has a lot of issues to resolve before fans will be confident about this new era.
Sunderland, meanwhile, drew their second successive league game, leaving them scarcely better off than their opponents—although manager Gus Poyet will surely have seen plenty of reasons to be confident the first win is not very far away.
Read on for some of the winners and losers from the match.