Man United See Off Sunderland
WAYNE Rooney’s penalty helped Manchester United beat Sunderland after the visitors’ Wes Brown was sent off in bizarre circumstances at Old Trafford.
Glenn Murray scored twice and was sent off as Crystal Palace recorded an excellent win over West Ham, who were booed off by their own fans.
Rooney scored after a foul on Radamel Falcao for which Brown was dismissed instead of John O’Shea, despite protests from the visitors.
United added a second when Rooney headed in after Adnan Januzaj’s shot was parried into his path.
The victory reasserted the home side’s challenge for a top-four place.
United moved up to third place in the Premier League as they claimed an 11th home win out of 14 in the top-flight so far this season.
However, Brown’s red card emerged as the talking point as the Old Trafford side finally earned a breakthrough to go with their improved second half urgency.
Falcao controlled an Ander Herrera cross beautifully in the box and, as he turned in between former United defenders Brown and O’Shea, looked to have been pulled by the latter.
Referee Roger East red-carded Brown and, despite the official speaking to his assistants via his headset, his original decision stood.
The fourth official for the game was Martin Atkinson, who was criticised for his refereeing when Chelsea drew with Burnley last week.
Papiss Cisse scored his 11th goal of the season to give Newcastle manager John Carver his first home win and leave Aston Villa in the bottom three.
Senegal striker Cisse fired a low shot beyond Brad Guzan from eight yards after Daryl Janmaat’s cross.
Tom Cleverley missed Villa’s best chance before Ayoze Perez hit the post with a header for Newcastle.
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