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Rooney scores twice as Manchester United beat Sunderland

Rooney scores twice as Manchester United rides its luck in victory over Sunderland

Crystal Palace players celebrate the goal of Scott Dann during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at t...
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, left, raises his arm during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at ...

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Crystal Palace players celebrate the goal of Scott Dann during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at t...

Britain Soccer Premier League

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, left, raises his arm during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at ...

LONDON (AP) -- England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice Saturday as Manchester United rode its luck on the way to a 2-0 win against struggling 10-man Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Their win confirmed United's challenge for a return to the Champions League on a day when Southampton, the only other top team in action, was beaten 1-0 by improving West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham United's fading bid for a place in Europe was hit in the day's early fixture when it lost 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace while Swansea won 1-0 at Burnley, Newcastle beat struggling Aston Villa 1-0 and Stoke overcame Hull also by one goal.

Rooney's first goal was from a penalty awarded when Wes Brown was apparently mistakenly sent off after it appeared John O'Shea had fouled Radamel Falcao.


Updated : 2021-09-27 07:02 GMT+08:00