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Saturday, 31 August, 2002, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Sunderland hold Man Utd
Ryan Giggs fires Manchester United into an early lead
Giggs handed Manchester United an early lead
Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

Tore Andre Flo made a dream debut for Sunderland - but Manchester United captain Roy Keane stole the headlines with a red card.

Norwegian striker Flo, signed just before the transfer deadline, hauled the Black Cats back into the game after they had fallen behind to a Ryan Giggs goal.


"If people see themselves they will judge for themselves...I think it was an innocuous incident."
Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson

United, for whom David Beckham was outstanding in midfield, were left to rue a host of missed chances.

And their frustration finally boiled over when Keane was sent off for elbowing Jason McAteer in the dying seconds.

The former Republic of Ireland team-mates had been involved in an earlier spat before the red mist descended on Keane.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who suffered a further blow with the loss of defender Mikael Silvestre to injury, will now have to regroup in time for their game against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

  Key incidents
7 mins: Ryan Giggs fires Man Utd into lead
70 mins: Tore Andre Flo equalises for Sunderland
90 mins: Roy Keane is sent off for violent conduct

It took United only seven minutes to open the scoring against their Champions League opponents Zalaegerszeg in midweek.

And they repeated the feat against Sunderland, exploiting a hesitant home defence to take the lead.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer headed the ball on for Giggs, who ghosted past the Black Cats' back-line and rifled in a low left-foot shot past Thomas Sorensen.

A period of intense pressure from United then ensued and they should really have put the game beyond Sunderland's reach before half-time.

Giggs, Solskjaer and Keane were all presented with chances, but failed to find the target.

For Sunderland, McAteer forced a superb fingertip save from Roy Carroll in the United goal, while Kevin Phillips flashed a shot wide.

Sunderland strikers Kevin Phillips and Tore Andre Flo
Flo (right) on target for Sunderland

In what would have been extraordinary case of deja vu, Giggs almost doubled United's advantage seven minutes after the break.

Excellent work by the ubiquitous Keane set up the Welsh winger.

But an equally excellent interception by the impressive Stephen Wright denied Giggs his second goal of the afternoon.

United's failure to capitalise on their dominance gave Sunderland hope that they might take something from the game.


Flo showed out there he's a really good footballer
Sunderland manager Peter Reid

And so it proved when the persistence of McAteer down the left provided Flo with his first real opportunity.

The tall Norwegian made no mistake from six yards, striking the ball high into the United goal to send the Stadium of Light into raptures.

Only the alertness of Phil Babb and Sorensen in the Sunderland goal prevented United from stealing a late winner as the visitors poured forward.

But the Black Cats maintained their compusure, unlike Keane, who was unnecessarily dismissed in injury-time.


Sunderland: Sorensen, Wright, Babb, Bjorklund, Gray, Piper (Thirlwell 88), McAteer, Reyna, Butler, Flo (Quinn 79), Phillips.
Subs Not Used: Myhre, Kyle, McCartney.

Booked: McAteer.

Man Utd: Carroll, Phil Neville (Forlan 90), Blanc, Ferdinand, Silvestre (O'Shea 26), Beckham, Veron, Keane, Giggs, van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer.
Subs Not Used: Stewart, Williams, Chadwick.

Sent Off: Keane (90).
Booked: Phil Neville, Beckham.

Attendance: 47,586

Referee: U Rennie (S Yorkshire).

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BBC Five Live's Alan Green
"Man Utd should have been out of sight"
Sunderland boss Peter Reid
"Now we look difficult to beat again"
Sunderland's Tore Andre Flo
"I'm very pleased about the result"
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