United Lack Cutting Edge
Manchester United do not look like champions yet but recorded a second league victory.
Sunderland were disciplined and well-organised by Roy Keane who received a standing ovation before kick-off, just like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who retired on Thursday.
The game itself will be easily forgotten. Giggs' absence came as a surprise but I hoped Chris Eagles would be able to cope with the task and we craved a great debut from Anderson.
Well, Eagles was mediocre, Anderson was downright bad. Just like the team. On occasions, it looked like we would just carry around the ball and not worry about putting it into the net at all.
It seemed we would never score, for chances were few and far between. Gordon did his job but I can't wholeheartedly say his heroics prevented us from scoring - we were just out of ideas. Tevez does still not pose a goal threat and that is alarming though I accept he needs time to settle.
The second half was marginally better, thanks to the introduction of Saha but we still needed a set-piece to overcome a resilient side. Where are the goals from open play? We scored with two thunderous shots and from a corner. That's bad.
The positives? We dominated possession once again, Hargreaves and Scholes are getting better... and that's all. Oh, and Saha's return is a big boost.
Player ratings to follow.