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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Manchester Utd 2 Sunderland 2

Manchester Utd 2 Sunderland 2,ANTON FERDINAND'S own goal got Ben Foster off the hook at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand inexplicably tried to block Patrice Evra's wayward shot in the third minute of injury time.

The ball ricocheted off the Sunderland defender and past a helpless Craig Gordon to earn Manchester United a dramatic point.

Foster looked to have gifted Sunderland victory after flapping at an Andy Reid cross to allow Kenwyne Jones a scruffy goal.

But Ferdinand's intervention, after Kieran Richardson's red card, earned United more injury-time points following their last-gasp 4-3 win over Manchester City last month.

Darren Bent had earlier shocked the home side with a seventh-minute strike.

But Dimitar Berbatov's sublime volley brought the home side level before another dramatic finale at Old Trafford.

Foster's gaffe, though, highlighted the need for Alex Ferguson to get first-choice No1 Edwin van Der Sar back quickly.

Sunderland rocked Old Trafford after just seven minutes as Bent belted home his seventh goal of the campaign.

He received Lee Cattermole's pass with his back to goal 25 yards out. But an instant touch took him away from John O'Shea and he swivelled to beat Foster with a precise shot inside the near post.

Foster kept out Jones' long-range effort but United kept losing possession.

Disaster nearly struck for Sunderland nine minutes before the break when Nani's cross appeared to bounce on to Reid's arm.

TV replays appeared to show contact but referee Alan Wiley waved play on.

Wayne Rooney was lucky to escape a booking after kicking out at Reid.

But all United's players were looking frustrated as they failed to break down the visitors.

Anderson came on for Paul Scholes at the break and it took United just six minutes to level.

Rooney had already seen a shot blocked by Ferdinand before his close-range effort was blocked by Gordon with his first meaningful save.

But O'Shea quickly turned the ball back in to an unmarked Berbatov, who left the ground to volley precisely into the bottom corner.

But Foster then gifted Sunderland the lead straight back as he failed to deal with Reid's chipped pass.

Jones challenged the keeper and the ball rebounded the right way to drop into an empty net.

Danny Welbeck fired over from distance as United responded and Rooney's right-footed effort whistled wide.

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce sent on youngster Jordan Henderson and he was straight into the action with a flying run down the right wing.

He fed Malbranque, who in turn passed towards Jones, only for sub Michael Carrick to prevent a certain goal with a crucial interception.

Richardson was sent off five minutes from time for kicking the ball away and earning a second yellow card.

That gave United a lift and Nemanja Vidic headed over. Four minutes of added time was shown and United sensed another turnaround.

They rained shots in on Gordon's goal but it was an off-target effort from Evra that ended up in the net off the unfortunate Ferdinand.

Man Utd: Foster, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher (Carrick 71), Scholes (Anderson 46), Welbeck (Valencia 71), Rooney, Berbatov. Subs not used: Kuszczak, Ferdinand, Brown, Fabio Da Silva. Booked: Scholes, Fletcher. Goals: Berbatov 51, Ferdinand 90 og.

Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Turner, Ferdinand, Richardson, Malbranque (McCartney 86), Cana, Cattermole, Reid (Henderson 74), Bent, Jones (Campbell 84). Subs not used: Fulop, Nosworthy, Da Silva, Healy. Sent off: Richardson (85). Booked: Richardson, Bardsley, Ferdinand. Goals: Bent 7, Jones 58.


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