Manager Louis van Gaal still searching for his first EPL victory after Man United's unconvincing start to the season continues with a 1-1 draw against Sunderland
Sunderland: Louis van Gaal was left waiting for his first Premier League win after Manchester United's unconvincing start to the season continued with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.
Man Utd skipper Wayne Rooney looks disappointed during yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland. Pic/AFP and (Inset) Louis van Gaal
Juan Mata's early close-range goal at the Stadium of Light was cancelled out before half-time by former Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell's powerful header, as the former champions again looked anything but title material.
United manager van Gaal, who has admitted winning the Premier League in his first season in charge after succeeding the sacked David Moyes would require a "miracle", was left with plenty to ponder after his team were outplayed for long periods by a side who narrowly avoided relegation last term.
On this evidence, the Dutchman needs to bring in significantly more reinforcements than Angel di Maria, the Argentinian international who has been linked to a Â£60 million ($99 million, 75 million euro) move from Real Madrid, before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
United now have one point from their first two games following the opening day defeat at home to Swansea City, and although they took the lead, it came as little surprise when Gus Poyet's side deservedly levelled in an open encounter on Wearside.