Ronaldo scores against SunderlandIt makes sense that young and inexperienced managers would bring in players who he was familiar with. That is why Roy Keane has invested heavily in Irish players and United/former United playes. Out of the sixteen man squad that faced United today, five of them used to play for United, and that’s with former red, Liam Miller, out injured.

Gordon, Whitehead, McShane, Higginbotham, Collins, Wallace, Etuhu, Yorke, Waghorn, Jones, Chopra, Ward, Richardson, Cole, Leadbitter and O’Donovan.

Players who weren’t good enough for United, mixed with players that went through their peak for United nine years ago, were never going to pose much of a threat to United’s side, despite the weakness. Fourth and fifth choice midfielders, Carrick and Fletcher, filled in for Hargreaves, Anderson and Scholes. John O’Shea took Evra’s place at left back, Nani took over from Giggs, whilst Saha was given the nod over Tevez.

United didn’t get out of second gear, but still managed to brush Roy Keane’s team aside. Important three points for United ahead of Arsenal’s match this evening away to Portsmouth.

United, top of the league, United United top of the league!

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