• United now have one point from a possible six this season
  • Sunderland's Jack Rodwell levels after Juan Mata opener
  • Ashley Young booked for diving
  • Chris Smalling adds to Louis van Gaal's injury woes

Manchester United's stuttering start to life under manager Louis van Gaal continued with a Premier League draw at Sunderland.

Things looked rosy for the Reds when Juan Mata pounced on Antonio Valencia's deflected cross to give them an early lead from close range.

But poor marking allowed Jack Rodwell - making his home debut - to head in Seb Larsson's corner after half an hour.

To add to United's troubles, Ashley Young was booked for diving.

Mata Fletcher

Juan Mata and Darren Fletcher protest after Ashley Young is booked for diving for a third time in his career

The winger, criticised for going down too easily by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, fell in the area following a challenge from ex-United defender Wes Brown, and referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in reaching for his pocket.

Before the match, Van Gaal said United would need a "miracle" to win the Premier League, and there was further evidence on Sunday to add weight to his gloomy prediction following last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City.

Draw was fair result - Poyet

The Dutchman, who took over in the summer, persisted with a 3-4-1-2 formation and, while his side look bright going forward, they remained fragile at the back.

Angel Di Maria, the Real Madrid winger, is expected to arrive before the transfer window closes on 1 September for a British record fee, but Van Gaal may seek further reinforcements.

Juan Mata

Mata registers his first goal of the season, but United's lead lasted only 13 minutes

Mata's 17th-minute strike failed to settle the visitors and their nervy backline was given a warning when Connor Wickham turned on a throw in yards of space and shot wide.

United were exposed moments later when Rodwell, whose opportunities were limited at Manchester City before his summer move to the Stadium of Light, beat Valencia at the near post to power a header past David De Gea.

Passing not good enough - van Gaal

United, without ineligible new signing Marcos Rojo, lost defender Chris Smalling to a hamstring injury to add to an injury list that now features eight first-team players, including midfielder Ander Herrera.

In a second half high on energy but low on quality, Wickham volleyed at youngster Tyler Blackett, who saw the ball rebound past De Gea's near post.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone had to be quick off his line to deny Young as both sides pressed for a winner in a tense finale.

The Black Cats have not beaten United in a Premier League match at home since 1997, but there were several positives for manager Gus Poyet after a vibrant performance.

Winger Will Buckley, signed from Brighton in the summer, was a constant menace, while Rodwell's goal was a welcome reward for 63 minutes' action following his unsuccessful spell at Etihad Stadium.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "It was a good game to watch. We played a very good first half, going forward taking chances and creating half opportunities after conceding at what was the wrong time really because we were in control of the game. It was a big effort.

"We made a few decisions on how to play against a different system and the boys have done exceptionally well. We showed that we were organised and difficult to play against.

"The goal from Jack Rodwell was perfect for a home debut. There are plenty of positives. It's important we started better than last year and that was key. Will Buckley played well and was incisive as well."

On Fabio Borini, the Liverpool target, who has been offered a Sunderland contract: "We're getting close to a final decision either way because it's been a bit too long.

"It's time now that it's a 'yes' coming or a 'no' as we need to move on."

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Van Gaal Poyet

Louis van Gaal (left) declined to comment on reports linking United with Angel Di Maria

Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher fails to get a clean connection on an overhead kick

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie's return lasted 63 minutes before he was replaced by Danny Welbeck

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney still needs one more goal to equal Thierry Henry as the third-highest Premier League scorer

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 27 Vergini
  • 03 van Aanholt
  • 06 Cattermole
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 07 Larsson
  • 08 Rodwell (Jordi Gómez - 63' )
  • 09 Fletcher (Altidore - 77' )
  • 30 Buckley (Bridcutt - 79' )
  • 10 Wickham

Substitutes

  • 01 Pantilimon
  • 02 Jones
  • 04 Bridcutt
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 17 Altidore
  • 18 Mavrias
  • 29 Roberge

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 18 Young Booked
  • 42 Blackett
  • 12 Smalling (Keane - 44' )
  • 04 Jones
  • 24 Fletcher (Januzaj - 63' )
  • 23 Cleverley Booked
  • 08 Mata
  • 20 van Persie (Welbeck - 63' )
  • 10 Rooney

Substitutes

  • 11 Januzaj
  • 14 Hernández
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 38 Keane
  • 40 Amos
  • 41 James
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 43,217

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

3 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

10 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +3:54

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90:00 +2:38

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:38

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

90:00 +1:51

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:24

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:44

Delay in match Ashley Young (Manchester United) because of an injury.

88:17

Attempt saved. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Keane.

86:47

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

81:34

Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces William Buckley.

77:27

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

76:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Steven Fletcher.

74:41

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John O'Shea.

74:15

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

72:57

Foul by Michael Keane (Manchester United).

72:57

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:09

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

69:42

Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

69:18

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

67:51

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

67:50

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

66:20 Booking

Booking Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:17

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).

66:17

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:16

Attempt missed. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

64:57

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

64:10

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

64:10

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jordi Gómez replaces Jack Rodwell.

62:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj replaces Darren Fletcher.

62:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Robin van Persie.

61:41 Booking

Booking Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

61:36

Ashley Young (Manchester United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

58:12

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

54:02

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:02

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

51:20

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

51:20

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:32

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

50:30

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley.

48:28

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

48:28

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:53

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:53

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

46:59

Offside, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

45:52

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:52

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1.

43:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Michael Keane replaces Chris Smalling because of an injury.

42:45

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

42:45

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:03

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Rodwell with a headed pass.

39:13

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

39:13

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:01

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

32:58

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:58

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

32:39

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:39

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

31:26

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:26

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).

29:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

29:12

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tom Cleverley.

27:05

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

25:09

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

25:09

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

23:24

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

20:42

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

20:42

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:46

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:46

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

16:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 0, Manchester United 1. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

15:18

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Buckley.

13:00

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:00

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).

12:49

Attempt blocked. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

12:00

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:00

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

10:24

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:24

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

9:36

Offside, Sunderland. Connor Wickham tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

9:10

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:10

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

8:14

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

8:14

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:43

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

3:27

Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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