A move to take the top spot was possible after their derby rivals Manchester City suffered 1 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. (Read seven talking points from the game between Spurs and City).
The Black Cats managed to restrict United from scoring and were heading into the break. Injury to Fabio Borini, where he needed attention and also United striker Anthony Martial in the first half forced the game to extend by four minutes before the end of the half.
A pass from Daley Blind to Juan Mata saw the former Chelsea star pass it to Memphis Depay, who made no mistake to score his first goals in the Premier League. Just after break, it was Wayne Rooney, who ended his goal drought in the league as the England international scored his first goal since April 2015.
A cross from Ashley Young deflects Sunderland defender, before landing in front of Mata, who converts to extend United’s lead. Anthony Martial failed to find the back of the net, but his influence was very crucial for other players.
A good day for United fans as they moved on top of the table, Rooney scored and David de Gea is back saving, which allowed him to keep him to keep a clean sheet.
Here are the goals from United’s clash against Sunderland.
Memphis Depay’s goal.
Wayne Rooney’s goal
Juan Mata’s goal
Juan Mata goal
— 🔰 Totally Man Utd™ 🔰 (@TotallyMUFC) September 26, 2015
Bastian Schweinsteiger made his 100th appearance under Louis van Gaal today #mufc
— Adam Marshall (@AdamSMarshall) September 26, 2015
United 1st, Arsenal 4th & Liverpool 7th.. !!
— Supreeth Mohan Alias SuMo (@supreeth28) September 26, 2015