David de Gea scored a late own goal as Sunderland defeated Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday to heap more pressure on underfire manager Louis van Gaal.
It was the Black Cats’ first ever home win over Manchester United in the Premier League.
Sunderland scored first in the third minute through Wharbi Khazri who scored from a freekick.
The Black Cats missed a coupled of chances in the first half but it was Manchester United who scored next when they equalised in the 39th minute with Anthony Martial finishing with aplomb after Juan Mata’s shot rebounded for the Frenchman to flick past Vito Mannone.
Jermaine Defoe missed a golden chance to make it two for his struggling side in the second half a few minutes after Wayne Rooney handled the ball in the United box and escaped conceding a penalty.
De Gea produced an instinctive footed save in the 60th minute when he denied Senegalese striker Dame N’Doye who was clear at goal after a swift counter attack.
But with eight minutes to the end of the game, Sunderland and Cote d’ Ivoire defender Lamine Kone headed in a corner kick, Chris Smalling reacted late to the aerial threat and De Gea somehow turned the ball into his own net as Martial tried to clear off the line.
Memphis Depay’s shot in the 87th minute in the Sunderland vital area hit the elbow of former United star John O’Shea but the Red Devils’ shout for a penalty was overlooked by the referee Andre Marriner.
Patrick van Aarnholt hit the side net for the home side soon afterwards.
United lost sight of the teams above them with the defeat and temporarily still occupied the fifth position until West Ham United play later in the day.
Sunderland meanwhile moved one place in the table, now 18th with 23 points.