Who said lightning does not strike twice. It certainly was the case as Kiko Macheda once again scored the winner against Sunderland that sent Manchester United back to the top of Premier League. It was again a poor display from United as they battled against a spirited Sunderland side fighting to avoid relegation. United took the lead in the first half lead through a Paul Scholes header. It looked things will be comfortable for United from then on but Sunderland showed a tremendous fight back and scored in the second half when Kenwyne Jones scored from close range. But then Macheda was introduced in the 75th minute and he scored the goal from his first touch sending in a Carrick shot.
With Liverpool comfortable beating Blackburn 4 – 0 in an early kick off, the pressure was on United. Keeping in mind the Champions League game at Porto next week, Sir Alex rested Evra, Van Der Sar and Ronaldo for the game with Berbatov partnering Tevez up front and Rooney playing on the left. There was no Rio Ferdinand but Evans passed a late fitness test to partner Vidic up front. United dominated the opening periods of the game and there first real chance came in the 15th minute when a Vidic header was cleared off the line. But United were soon took tool the lead when a teasing cross from Rooney on the left allowed Scholes to head over Gordon for the opening goal. But as it has been the case with United in recent weeks, the failed to capitalise on the opening goal and it was Sunderland who started causing United all cause of problems.
Sunderland started creating chances and Davenport nearly scored the equalizer but his shot was just off the post. Sunderland continued to press and Cisse forced a good save from Ben Foster. Sunderland nearly equalized as Evans almost put the ball into his own net from a Carlos Edwards cross but was saved by the post. United had a chance in the closing stages of the first half Ji Sung Park fired wide as the first half came to an end. Sunderland soon got the equalizer they deserved in the opening minutes of the second half as Foster failed to catch a Tainio cross and Jones bundled in from close range.
United soon started pressing forward and had Scholes sent a half volley just wide. There were some decent chances for Berbatov and Tevez but they were unable to find the net. United brought on Ronaldo for the last 20 minutes as a desperate measure but it was the introduction of Macheda that changed the things. Just seconds after coming on, Macheda redirected a Carrick wayward shot into a goal with the left foot. The victory sent United back into the top of the Premier League and the title race is sure getting interesting with just 7 games to go.