Sunderland pays penalty as United claims win
SUNDERLAND manager Gus Poyet said he would review video footage before deciding whether to appeal the sending off of defender Wes Brown in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.
Brown was shown a straight red card by referee Roger East despite TV pictures showing it was fellow defender John O'Shea who had pulled back United striker Radamel Falcao.
It was the key moment of the match as Wayne Rooney (pictured) scored his first league goal since December to break the deadlock from the penalty spot, before adding a second later in the second half.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the group which manages top Premier and Football League officials, said East thought Brown made the foul and it was not a case of mistaken identity.
United's win allowed it to jump back into third spot overtaking both Arsenal, which played Everton overnight, and Southampton, which lost 1-0 at West Brom. A goal from Papa Cisse deepened the crisis at Aston Villa.
Villa remained second from bottom after the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.
Burnley also stayed in the relegation zone after a 1-0 home loss to Swansea City.
Defender Kieran Trippier scored an own goal following a shot from Jack Cork. Swansea moved up to eighth as West Ham was beaten 3-1 at home by Crystal Palace.
Glenn Murray scored twice before getting sent off for a second yellow card. In the night's other game, Peter Crouch scored the only goal from a header as Stoke City beat Hull 1-0.