Adnan Januzaj scored twice in his first league start for champions Manchester United, as they came from a goal down to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.
United’s under fire manager David Moyes was hoping for a response from his players following a disappointing run of results by the Premier League Champions.
Sunderland however had other ideas, as they grabbed an early lead against the Red Devil’s at the Stadium of Light through Craig Gardner with only five minutes on the clock with a right-footed shot from the edge of the box, after some shoddy defending by Nemanja Vidic.
The visitors from Manchester came close on a few occasions through their dangerous Portuguese winger Nani, who had a few long range efforts fly past Kieren Westwood’s post.
Young Belgium midfielder Adnan Januzaj also let fly, half-way through the first-half but Westwood got a strong right hand to the shot, forcing it out for corner to the Red Devils.
The Champions pushed forward looking for an early equaliser but they could not test the home sides defence, Nani came closest in the 40th minute with a shot from outside of the box, but the shot was parried away for a corner by Sunderland keeper Westwood.
Sunderland then had another chance in the 43rd minute, but were unable to test United keeper David de Gea.
The visitors were left a frustrated figure for the first 45 minutes but it looked it would be another disappointing result for the team under their new manager, and put even more pressure on David Moyes’ shoulders.
Januzaj was then booked in the 47th minute for simulation after going down in the Sunderland penalty area after making a fine run from midfield, the referee did however think that the youngster was looking for a penalty and showed him a yellow card.
The ever impressive young player from Belgium the finally pulled the champions back in the 54th minute, stroking home after being assisted by United full-back Patrice Evra.
Evra then again put in a dangerous ball into the box but Robin Van Persie’s left-footed shot was saved once more by Westwood.
Manchester United went ahead for the first time in the game, with a cracking left-footed volley from Januzaj in the 61st minute of the game to take the scores to 2-1.
The visitors new star was a constant threat and helped ease the pressure on the Red Devil's boss David Moyes, getting a first win in their three previous league games.
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