Fresh from his goal scoring exploits in the FA Youth Cup against Liverpool, Ravel Morrison was restored to the side but it would be Josh King who stole the spotlight when his header prevented a second defeat in a row.
United started the stronger of the two sides and this was rewarded when Obertan played the ball to Bebe and he arrowed a shot past Ben Wilson in Sunderland’s goal. Sunderland weren’t to be discouraged and minutes later Louis Lang’s shot deflected off Scott Wootton to hand Sunderland an equaliser. This appeared to spark them into life and they looked the more likely of the two sides to get another.
After the break United appeared to regain their composure so it must have been a massive knock when Sunderland took the lead somewhat against the run of play.
Jordan Cook’s flick over the top released Billy Knott and the former Chelsea player made no mistake firing past Devlin. Sunderland tried to press their advantage but the introduction of Petrucci and Pogba changed the game for United and both went close moments after being introduced.
United continued to pressure Sunderland and they were rewarded when Josh King headed home an Obertan flick on from a Norwood corner with 10 minutes to go. United’s continued to press for a winner and Morrison was denied twice with Petrucci putting the follow up from one of Morrison’s chance wide after colliding with Sunderland keeper Wilson. Sunderland too could have won it late but Conor Devlin was equal to Adams shot.
No equaliser was to come and the game finished 2-2 with a game against Sunderland’s rivals Newcastle to follow.