Rooney fires Man United past Sunderland
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United beat Sunderland 2-0 on Saturday in a game notable for referee Roger East’s error in sending off the wrong visiting player.
Sunderland kept the hosts at bay until the 64th minute, when East correctly adjudged that Radamel Falcao had been brought down in the area by former United defender John O’Shea.
But the referee inexplicably decided that fellow centre-back Wes Brown had made the telling foul and showed him a straight red card before Rooney clinically converted the penalty low into the bottom-left corner.
The England forward’s second goal came six minutes from time when a shot by substitute Adnan Januzaj was parried by Costel Pantilimon and Rooney stooped to head in, unopposed, from six yards.
Victory sent United up to third place in the Premier League table, two points above Arsenal, having played a game more.
Rooney’s goals, his 10th and 11th of the season, were particularly welcome given another sub-par performance by Louis van Gaal’s side, and particularly record signing Angel di Maria.
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