An unfortunate, late own goal by David De Gea condemned Manchester United to their eighth defeat of the season and gave Sunderland a 2-1 victory, as well as a huge boost in their fight for Premier League survival.
De Gea and Anthony Martial got in a tangle trying to keep out Lamine Kone’s header in the 82nd minute, with the ball going in off the back of the Spain international. The result leaves Louis van Gaal’s men six points adrift of fourth place with an extra game played.
But Sunderland’s bid to stay up, courtesy of a first Premier League win over United at the Stadium of Light since 1997, saw them climb above Norwich into 18th and just one point off Newcastle and safety.
Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri had given his side the lead after just three minutes, but Martial equalized for United in the 39th minute after tapping home a partially saved Juan Mata shot.