REPORT: Manchester United 4-0 Sunderland – Adnan Januzaj Hat-Trick

A strong United side emulated the senior team’s scoreline on Sunday, overpowering Sunderland at Old Trafford with an impressive first half display and a hat-trick from Adnan Januzaj.

United fielded a strong side, with Januzaj joined by first team squad colleagues Luke Shaw and Anderson. Shaw played the first half and, with little defending to do due to the Reds’ dominance, gave the right side of the Sunderland defence a torrid time, while Anderson, not for the first time when fielded at this level, cut an impressive figure in midfield before also being substituted in the second half.

Januzaj opened the scoring after nineteenth minutes, exchanging passes with Will Keane before finishing neatly with his left foot. His compatriot Pereira doubled the score soon afterwards, firing home from Shaw’s intelligent cross into the box, while Keane and Shaw were both involved again in the move that led to Januzaj’s second.

At that stage, United looked capable of racking up a cricket score. Not only did the senior players impress, but Janko caused problems with his trademark powerful runs down the right and Tom Thorpe excelled in the ‘Blind’ role. This was emphasised at half-time when the Reds’ substitution of Shaw entailed Thorpe dropping back into a more familiar central defensive role. United immediately looked more cluttered in midfield and this led to Sunderland having more possession.

They may well have got onto the scoresheet were it not for a smart save from Amos just before half-time, some wayward finishing and occasionally vital last-ditch defending from United, with McNair a particularly decisive presence in the back line. As it was, it was United who eventually added to their tally late in the game when he finished from close range after a strong overlapping run from Vermijl. It provided a fittingly emphatic end to a good evening’s work for the young Reds.

8 Comments

  1. Well done Januzaj, well done man united well done Van Gaal we start winning with 4 ;0 sinor team 4 junior team 4 i wish you all winning

  2. Keep it up united and januzaj I always a big fan of urs but pls always release when u play wit senior team u are one of d best

  3. i guess januzaj learned when to pass or when to shoot from the qpr game. rvp and falcao shook there heads when januzaj didn’t pass…

  4. Nice game, januzaj should remember to pass d ball when other strikers are in better position to score as this will make us unpredictable. One united.

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