Card confusion in Man United win

RooneyWayne Rooney’s match-winning double in Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Sunderland was overshadowed by a case of mistaken identity.

The England captain opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 66th minute after Falcao had been pulled back by John O’Shea.

But, instead of sending off the Irishman, referee Roger East showed a red card to his fellow former United defender Wes Brown.

East later told the body responsible for officiating standards in English football it was not a case of mistaken identity when he sent off Brown.

Rooney added a second six minutes from time, and the win was enough to lift United above Arsenal and back into third in the Barclays Premier League table.

In the early game, former West Ham boss Alan Pardew enjoyed his return to Upton Park as his Crystal Palace side came away with a 3-1 victory.

Glenn Murray gave the visitors the lead four minutes before half-time, although his header certainly would not have found the net had Aaron Cresswell not made a horrendous mess of an attempted clearance.

At the bottom of the table, West Brom pulled further clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Southampton thanks to Saido Berahino’s goal in only the second minute.

Along with Sunderland, there were defeats for three other members of the bottom six, all of them 1-0.

Tim Sherwood is still searching for his first point as Aston Villa manager after Papiss Cisse netted the only goal of the game for Newcastle in the 37th minute at St James’ Park.

A Kieran Trippier own goal condemned Burnley to a home loss against Swansea, while Peter Crouch equalled Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 46 headed goals seconds after coming on as a substitute as Stoke needed only one goal to beat Hull.

— Sportinglife

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