Sunderland 1 Man United 5

Bryan Robson

Sun­der­land 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 5, Roker Park, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Nov­ember 7, 1981. Frank Stapleton sco­red a brace as Fir­st Di­vi­sion lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted be­at bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Sun­der­land 5-1 to go three points clear of sec­ond pla­ced Ips­wich To­wn who suf­fered a shock 3-2 loss to Di­vi­sion One new boys Swansea City at Port­man Road.

Man­chester Uni­ted gain­ed their fourth Fir­st Di­vi­sion win on the trot as they de­feated Sun­der­land 5-1 away. Kev­in Mor­an put Uni­ted in front in the 20th min­ute of the clash, on­ly for Stan Cum­mins to equal­ise for Sun­der­land sev­en min­utes ahead of the break. Man­chester Uni­ted raised their ga­me sev­er­al notches af­ter the in­ter­val and Ron Atkinson´s men re­gained their ad­vant­age nine min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf cour­tesy of a goal by re­cently sig­ned mid­fielder Bry­an Rob­son. For­mer Ar­senal stri­ker Frank Stapleton then fou­nd the net twice for The Reds in the 67th and 71st min­utes be­fore Garry Birtles put the icing on the cake wi­th a late goal in the fi­nal min­ute of nor­mal time. Alas, the early res­ults un­der Atkin­son proved to be false dawn as Uni­ted fin­ished the 1981-82 sea­son in third place, as much as nine points adrift of cham­pi­ons Liver­pool. As re­gards Sun­der­land, The Roker­ites avoided re­leg­a­tion to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion by two points at the ex­pense of the once mighty Leeds Uni­ted. Sun­der­land Te­am: Bar­ry Sid­dall, Iain Mun­ro, Bar­ry Ven­ison, Ian Bow­yer, Jeff Clarke, Shaun El­li­ott, Kev­in Arnott, Ga­ry Ro­well, Co­lin West, Nick Pick­er­ing, Stan Cum­mins. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, John Gid­man, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Kev­in Mor­an, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Remi Moses, Bry­an Rob­son, Ray Wil­kins, Garry Birtles, Frank Stapleton. Sub­sti­tute: Mi­ke Duxbury.

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