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05/10/13 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Hello and welcome to the Republik of Mancunia live blog for the Sunderland vs Manchester United game at the Stadium of Light

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  2. Moyes will be looking to forget about last week's woes at Old Trafford and kick start the season properly with a good win against Sunderland, currently bottom of the Premier League.

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  3. Team news coming up.

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  4. Manchester United XI: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Jones, Evra, Januzaj, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Rooney, Van Persie

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  5. Sunderland XI: Westwood, Celustka, O'Shea, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Ki, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore.

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  6. Manchester United subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Giggs, Kagawa, Valencia, Hernandez, Welbeck

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  7. Subs for Sunderland: Manonne, Cuellar, Larsson, Cabral, Ji, Wickham, Borini

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  8. Bold move from Moyes to start Januzaj, but the youngster deserves a chance. He's also very fortunate that Young and Valencia are playing terribly at the moment.

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  9. Players are on the pitch. Blue tops with white shorts. Interesting combination.

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  10. Sunderland to take the kick-off. And we're off!

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  11. Obviously, all of the attention is on ex-Manchester United legend John O'Shea. What a player he was.

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  12. It's all been Sunderland for the first 5 minutes and they've scored. Vidic gets the ball tangled up in his feet attempting to clear. He doesn't and Craig Gardner lashes onto it and hits it into the bottom hand corner.

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  13. 1-0 to Sunderland

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  14. Sunderland pressure high up the pitch and have a 3 on 1 counter attack. Gardner looks set to pass the ball across to Altidore but Phil Jones recovers from losing the ball and superbly tackles the ball off Gardner with a well timed sliding challenge.

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  15. Manchester United have a corner after Nani takes on two Sunderland defenders, but unfortunately nothing comes from it.

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  16. Positive response from Manchester United so far. Januzaj and Evra linking up nicely a couple of times down the left.

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  17. Sunderland have a freekick right on the edge of the Manchester United box after a late challenge on Altidore from Vidic....

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  18. .... and Giaccherini hits the wall.

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  19. Evra crosses from deep and finds Nani at the far post, who sidefoots his volley across goal. Much better from Manchester United.

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  20. I say much better... Nani should have scored.

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  21. Not a lot happening. Corner for MUFC punched away comfortable by the Sunderland keeper.

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  22. Giaccherini with a great header for a little man but my word, what a fantastic full stretch save from De Gea to deny him. Corner for Sunderland comes to nothing.

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  23. Stunning shot from Nani after a bit of a kerfuffle in the Sunderland area but Westwood palms it for a corner, which is easily cleared.

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  24. Rooney picks up the first yellow card of the game for stopping a Sunderland counter attack after he was easily dispossessed further down the pitch.

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  25. Johnson somehow makes it through 3 Manchester United challenges, drags it back to Giaccherini, who thankfully skies his shot from 8 yards out.

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  26. Half-time: Sunderland 1-0 Manchester United

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  27. Difficult to find many positives in that first half. De Gea's save and Januzaj being the possible two.

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  28. Manchester United's half time statistics: 67.3% possession, 7 shots, 2 on target. 84% of passes completed (240/286). 1/22 crosses completed.

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  29. That crossing statistic is very worrying. You'd expect Manchester United players to be able to find their targets most of the time.

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  30. Right. Time for the 2nd half. Rooney and RVP to kick us off. It can't get any worse, can it?

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  31. Januzaj runs into the box and, well, I hate to say it, dives. Gets booked in the process. Looking at the replay, it was.

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  32. Someone got booked for Sunderland. Either Cattermole for being Cattermole and shouting at the ref or Gardner for a deliberate handball.

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  33. GOAL. 1-1. ADNAN JANUZAJ!!

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  34. Evra drills the ball from across the box and Januzaj runs onto it and side foots it with his right. Great move and great finish.

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  35. That goal was Manchester United's first from open play in an English competition since Swansea away on the first day of the season.

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  36. 2-1. ADNAN JANUZAJ. WHAT A GOAL!

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  37. A looped cross is poorly cleared by the Sunderland defence and Januzaj just absolutely belts it on the volley across the goal into the bottom hand corner.

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  38. Rooney tries a 35 yard chip. Guess what? It doesn't go in.

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  39. Good news is, Sunderland haven't really been in Manchester United's half for a while now.

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  40. Sunderland sub: Ki comes off for England's great hope: Connor Wickham

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  41. Manchester United sub: Valencia and Welbeck coming on for Nani and Januzaj.

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  42. Rafael booked for stopping a Sunderland counter attack.

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  43. A lot of possession. A lot of passing. Not a lot happening.

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  44. Welbeck tries to contradict me by charging forward but John O'Shea deliberately gets in his way and picks up a yellow card in the process.

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  45. Rafael cuts in from the right and has a shot at goal with his left foot but it's a comfortable save for Westwood. Rafael moving gingerly after that effort. Let's hope he's OK.

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  46. Giaccherini tries to get a cross in, but Jones clears away for a corner. Rooney clears the aforementioned corner with a diving header.

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  47. Sunderland pressuring a bit more now. Larsson attempts a first time cross from a lovely Cattermole pass, but the Manchester United defence is awake and just about manages to clear it to safety.

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  48. Rafael, after making a good clearance, comes off for Chris Smalling. Better safe than sorry.

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  49. Rooney limping now. Hopefully nothing too serious as Manchester United have made all their subs.

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  50. Van Persie is played through wonderfully by Valencia and finds himself through on goal by himself. Instead of using his right foot, he tries using the outside of his left, but he just misses the target. Should've done better.

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  51. Januzaj awarded MOTM by Sky. Fully deserved. Turned this game round.

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  52. We're in the 93rd minute. Kieran Westwood is up for a corner and nearly scores. Great karate kick clearance from De Gea after a poor punch.

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  53. Another corner for Sunderland. Westwood up again... Cleverley picks it up and runs towards an open goal. He doesn't shoot but picks up a free kick.

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  54. We're in the last (5th) minute of stoppage time. It's basically over. A bit of extra time-wasting.

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  55. That's it! 2-1 win away to Sunderland. Januzaj wonderful.

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  56. Moyes clapping the away fans. So is Januzaj. Great to see.

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  57. Manchester United full-time stats: 13 attempts, 6 on target. 62.6% possession. 84% of passes completed (480/571).

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  58. It seems that Moyes asked the players to cut out the pointless crosses. Only 8 attempted in the 2nd half, with two finding their target.

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  59. That's all from me tonight. Match of the Day is finally worth watching. Look out for that Januzaj volley. Wonderful.

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