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Manchester United 0-1 Sunderland: Player Ratings

Well that was fun. Here's how we thought the Lads performed in their magnificent victory over revenge seekers Manchester United...

Shaun Botterill

Vito Mannone - 6

Despite keeping a clean sheet at Old Trafford, the Italian stopper looked a little shaky when dealing with deliveries into the box. Thankfully nothing came of the odd spilled cross and ultimately, he didn't concede. Canny.

Santiago Vergini - 8

When Manchester United were a threat, it came from attacks down the wing. Vergini coped well enough however and was part of an excellent back four performance. Also got forward to decent effect at times. Distribution continues to impress.

Wes Brown - 10

A colossus. More below.

John O'Shea - 9

Brown and O'Shea were both magnificent. The Irishman put in a true captain's performance, making some incredible blocks, challenges and headers to repel the plethora of crosses hoisted into the box by Manchester United's wide men.

Marcos Alonso - 8

Like Vergini, had plenty to cope with from the Manchester United wingmen, but did his job admirably. As with the rest of the back four, back to his very best of late.

Lee Cattermole - 9

Superb. Again. Really hope he's still here next season. Not only does he tackle and intercept, he can pass it too.

Seb Larsson - 9

I've always liked Seb. He seems like a decent lad and professional, but he does have a tendency to disappear in games. Not today though. A wonderful all round performance from him was capped by that delicious, controlled volley into the corner that won us the game. It's nice that the Swede will bow out on a high when his contract runs out this summer.

Jack Colback - 7

Quietly efficient and not as noticeable as his midfield comrades, but put in a very useful shift nonetheless.

Adam Johnson - 6

Fairly anonymous and looked disappointed with himself when he was taken off early in the second half. Has suffered a dip in form of late, culminating in today's lacklustre display. Worked hard defensively though.

Fabio Borini - 8

Lively going forward and extremely unlucky not to score with a left footed shot that smashed off the bar. Did the dirty work well, too.

Connor Wickham - 7

Very good in the first half and grafted well to get the cross in that Seb Larsson dispatched with aplomb. Faded in the second and looked a little frustrated as Sunderland sat deeper and he became more isolated before being subbed off.

Emanuele Giaccherini - 8

Should he be starting while he's in this sort of form? He'd certainly have earned it if he gets the nod midweek against West Brom. That would take away his ability to change a game from the bench though. Continued where he left off against Cardiff, finding space in between Manchester United's defence and midfield and was extremely close to scoring with a shot that hit the post.

Jozy Altidore - 6

One moment of quality almost led to Sunderland's second as he beat his man to whip in a cross for fellow substitute Giaccherini, whose shot hit the post. Other than that, fairly anonymous and the ball simply would not stick up top when it was fired his way.

Liam Bridcutt - 6

Came on to help shore things up and did just that.

Man Of The Match - Wes Brown

Wow. I Tweeted after the Spurs game that Brown was finished. It was in the heat of the moment after a dreadful performance from not just him but the entire team, but he hasn't half proved me wrong since. He's never looked back and today was his finest hour. Brown put in an immense performance, winning everything. When Mannone spilled it, he was there to clear. When the ball came in from either wing, who was on the end of it? Wes Brown. If Sunderland do stay up now, then this man deserves immense credit for helping to earn the three points that may have just sealed our Premier League status for another season.

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