Manchester United 2 Sunderland 2
Why does Fergie so it? Rotation is ok, and often even necessary, but to put out a weakened team against Sunderland was very poor judgement in my view.
It almost lost United the match, and they were fortunate to come out of it with a draw.
Trailing to Darren Bent’s superb seventh-minute goal, the response of the champions was unusually weak and lacked coherence. Dimitar Berbatov scored a wonderful goal to equalise matters early in the second half. But, it wasn`t long till Sunderland were leading again after referee Alan Wiley played a good advantage to allow Andy Reid to advance after he weathered a reckless challenge by Darren Fletcher. Reid centred and Kenwyne Jones got between Nemanja Vidic and Ben Foster to head in.
Kieran Richardson was sent off after 86 minutesf. Rightly booked in the first half for a foul on Danny Welbeck, Richardson tapped the ball to give himself time to retreat as United looked to take a quick free kick. Technically it was kicking the ball away and Alan Wiley issued a second caution.
Anton Ferdinand deflected a shot into his own goal, giving United the 2-2 draw.
Half the man. United side looked lost, and some should never have been in the starting line-up in the first place.