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Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1: Three Key Turning Points from the Game

Manchester United surrendered their first half advantage to Sunderland as they suffered their first ever defeat at the Stadium of Light. The result has further mounted the pressure on the under-fire manager Louis Van Gaal, who would be very lucky to be in charge at Old Trafford next season.

Turning Points: Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1

Tonight’s encounter between Sunderland and Man United was a proper game of two halves wherein, The Red Devils dominated possession and managed to pull level after a 3rd minute goal from Wahbi Khazri.

January signing scored from a direct free kick which De Gea failed to pick up. To make the matters worse for De Gea, he gave away a sloppy late own goal to see his team throw a vital point in the race to finish in top 4 this season.

There were plenty of moments, which had a huge saying in the result. But we have picked the following three key turning points from the game, which eventually dictated the full time result between Sunderland and Manchester United.

Handball appeal vs Morgan Schneiderlin (25′)

Up until this point, Sunderland were battling hard against the possession and patient play from Manchester United. Despite having the lead, home side looked rattled and under the pressure. Amid that, a strong handball appeal was denied by the ref, which had players and the fans fuming.

In the end though, that moment allowed United to have the upper hand in the first half and minutes later, Anthony Martial went on to equalize for the away side. To be fair, ref made the right call but Sunderland players could not deal with the decision and lost their cool.

Turning Points: Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1

Anthony Martial Goal (39′)

What a player this lad can be in next 3-4 years down the line. There is absolutely nothing that he cannot do. He can dribble, he can provide and he can score. Martial scored his 10th goal of the season with a cheeky little finish.

The goal was of good value for Manchester United as they had clawed their way back in to the game after Sunderland’s early lead.

David De Gea/Chris Smalling error (82′)

This goal must have felt like a body blow for Manchester United after conceding another late goal after last week’s 91st minute equalizer vs Chelsea. De Gea had pulled off stunning saves before this moment, but could not force the ball out from a strong Kone’s header.

In the end, goal was given as De Gea own goal as Manchester United suffered their first ever defeat at Stadium of Light.

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