Date: 24th August 2014 at 6:05pm
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The honours were shared at the Stadium of Light this afternoon leaving Louis van Gaal still waiting for his first Premier League win.

With an Gaal being able to call upon the services of Robin Van Persie for the first time this season, pairing the Dutchman up front with Wayne Rooney, questions still remain about the midfield and the defence.

In midfield Cleverley and Fletcher had trouble escaping the enthusiastic Cattermole. After an even start it was to be Manchester United that were to take the lead. Sunderland pushing forward with Conor Wickham forcing a save out of David de Gea, were caught on the counter-attack. Antonio Valencia delivered the perfect ball in for Juan Mata to score from six yards out with seventeen minutes on the clock.

The lead was to last just thirteen minutes though before some defensive slackness cost United dearly. Sunderland won a corner and when the cross came over and Jack Rodwell lost his marker to head home.

Before the break United were to lose Chris Smalling to injury, the introduction of Michael Keane gave United a back three of Keane, Blackett and Jones.

The second half was to see no further additions to the score-line although United were refused two penalties, the first coming when van Persie was denied a scoring chance by Santiago Vergini and then when Ashley Young went down too easily in the area. Both decisions were probably justified.

All in all a decent encounter but with one point taken from six available, it has to be declared it`s not the best of starts is it.