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Manchester Utd 2-0 Sunderland February 28, 2015, 19:15 Wayne Rooney scored his first goals of 2015 as Manchester United eased to a 2-0 win against 10-man Sunderland on Saturday.

The victory lifts Louis van Gaal's side up to third in the Premier League table and they deserved their victory despite struggling to break down a well-drilled Black Cats defence for over an hour.In the first half United's build-up play was too ponderous but they improved in the second half and deserved the three points. Gus Poyet's side started well and, in the sixth minute, the former Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham forced David De Gea to turn the ball away for a corner after a surging run.Two minutes later Jermain Defoe bent a shot narrowly wide but when United finally got going, after making a sloppy start to the match, Ashley Young's right-footed effort flew narrowly wide.Young's cross was then headed on to his own crossbar by John O'Shea but Sunderland deserved to be level at the interval.United upped the tempo after the break and, on the hour mark, substitute Adnan Januzaj fired wide after Rooney's effort had only been half-cleared.The deadlock was finally broken six minutes later when Rooney beat Costel Pantilimon from the penalty spot after Radamel Falcao had appeared to be brought down by O'Shea.There may be a case of mistaken identity though, as referee Roger East sent Wes Brown off rather than his defensive colleague O'Shea.The goal finally settled United down and they dominated the rest of the match, Rooney adding a second goal six minutes from time.Pantilimon did well to parry the lively Januzaj's shot but the ball fell to Rooney who headed it in from close range.