Dreadful result for Manchester United and Louis van Gaal. A top four finish is now surely out of their grasp after another insipid performance. Sunderland take a thoroughly deserved three points to move within a point of moving out of the relegation zone.

FULL TIME: Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United

Four minutes of time added on.

Rooney's excellent ball is clipped down by Martial into the path of Memphis who lashes one on goal, but it's blocked by O'Shea. United players scream for hand ball but it hit the Irishman in the stomach. The resulting corner is a complete waste of time.

Memphis twists and turns into the box before firing one on goal but Mannone makes a smart save to deny United an equaliser.

Van Gaal is responding by throwing Will Keane on for the final five minutes, replacing Morgan Schneiderlin.

Khazri swings a corner into the box which is met by a thumping header from Kone, getting it between De Gea and Martial on the post to give his side the lead.

Goal! Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United (Kone, 81)

Borthwick-Jackson again does well down the left, cutting inside his man and sliding a pass into Depay. He turns and takes the shot on, but it's a tame one easily saved by Mannone.

Rooney guides a ball in towards the far post which looks telegraphed for Smalling, but Kone gets across just in time to concede a corner. Again it comes in towards the United centre half but the ball rolls away from him and Sunderland have a goal kick.

Both sides are losing possession rather too easily at the moment, each taking a turn venturing forward before surrendering the ball. Borthwick-Jackson breaks that trend with a wonderful cross in from the left that comes off O'Shea for a corner.

Another fine save from De Gea! Kone does well to cut the ball inside Love and tries to find the top corner from an ambitious angle, but it is palmed over by the United goalkeeper.

A change for Sunderland now with Fabio Borini coming on for Defoe.

Depay does well coming in from the left and cuts a ball back for Mata who again takes it first time on his left foot, but Rodwell leaps across to make a terrific block.

Khazri takes it and keeps it on target, but De Gea reads it well and comfortably saves.

Love now concedes a free kick about 25 yards out after a clumsy challenge on Khazri.

Memphis Depay has now entered the fray, replacing Jesse Lingard.

De Gea saves United again! Cattermole springs N'Doye clear free down the inside right, cutting in to go one-on-one with the Spaniard. He hits it low and hard looking for the far bottom corner, but De Gea sticks out a boot to make another vital save for his team.

We've reached the hour mark and United haven't really tested Vito Mannone in this second half.

And now Michael Carrick is shown a yellow after crashing into M'Vila, who has been in the wars in the last few minutes.

Juan Mata is now booked for a trip on Yann M'Vila.

Donald Love was culpable for that Sunderland chance a moment ago, but he's shown his ability going forward, making a great overlapping run before clipping the ball over his man and playing a pass into the feet of Lingard. The United winger made a great run to get into the position, but takes far too long to sort his feet out and loses the ball.

What a chance for Sunderland! Cattermole threads an excellent ball through for van Aanholt who knocks a pass across goal for Defoe, but Daley Blind makes a vital block to knock the ball out for a corner.

O'Shea and Rooney were able to share a laugh after that incident, but it looked like a clear hand ball from the United skipper, who was booked just minutes before that.

John O'Shea meets the delivery but he heads straight into Rooney. Rooney's hand, maybe? Replays show the United skipper may have had his hand up, blocking his old teammate's header.

Borthwick-Jackson concedes a free kick in a similar position from where his side conceded in the first.

Rooney misplaces a pass, allowing Cattermole to drive forward. He would have been able to go further but the United skipper stuck a foot out to concede the free kick and take a yellow card for his team.

And we are back underway for the second half.

HALF TIME: Sunderland 1-1 Manchester United

Lots of stray passes and miss hit crosses in that period of added time. Let's call it now, eh ref?

Four minutes of time added on.

United have been in control since getting that goal, they want a second before the half is out.

United are level! Martial starts the move, driving in from the left before firing a cross into the six yard area. A Sunderland defender gets a boot to it, but it only gets as far as Mata who hits fine effort towards the bottom corner. Mannone gets down quickly to make a decent save, but Martial is alive to the rebound and dinks it brilliantly over the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Goal! Sunderland 1-1 Manchester United (Anthony Martial, 38)

Darmian is off with that injury and he has been replaced by 21-year-old Donald Love who is making his Premier League debut.

Darmian, who has had an awful first half, is down clutching his shoulder after crashing into Khazri.

Borthwick-Jackson hammers a cross in from the left that Mannone can only punch clear. Carrick looks like he's getting on the end of it but Rodwell gets their first and makes the block.

Rooney passes one into the feet of Mata who hits a wonderful first-time effort on the turn but he can't quite get the direction on his shot and Mannone makes the save,

Smalling gets himself in a right mess, drawn out to the right allowing Defoe to rob possession from him and knock a ball on for Khazri. The Tunisia international doesn't have many options so takes on an ambitious shot that sails over.

Khazri cuts in from the left and fires on goal only to see his effort blocked by Schneiderlin. Did it hit a hand? The Sunderland forward certainly thinks so, but the ref plays on. The home side have the ball back instantly anyway, they are all over United at the minute.

Matteo Darmian is getting a decent bit of space down the right but he's failed to delivery a single telling cross yet. His latest venture down the flank sees him easily outmuscled by van Aanholt.

Sunderland applying pressure every time United are on the ball and it's working. Chris Smalling is forced to concede a throw in and it falls to van Aanholt who hits a half volley from 25 yards out, but drifts the wrong side of the post.

Martial jinks past his man brilliantly coming in from the left but his pass into the six yard area is scooped clear by John O'Shea.

Sam Allardyce has now made that change, with Kirchhoff off for Jack Rodwell.

Sunderland could be forced into an early change here with Kirchhoff forced off with what looks like a hamstring problem. For the timebeing, the big centre half is off the pitch receiving treatment.

Sunderland so close to a second! United fail to clear and Defoe has a chance to shoot from six yards out. Borthwick-Jackson tries to get a foot in and Smalling joins him to put pressure on the striker and between them, they do just enough to put the striker off and fire wide.

Lingard pinches possession from Kirchhoff and moves the ball onto Mata, who threads an excellent ball through for Rooney but Kone reads it well and steps across to clear.

Anthony Martial vs DeAndre Yedlin will be an interesting battle. The American is probably the quicker of the two and he gets the better of their first duel, sticking a foot in at the right moment to nick the ball from the Frenchman.

United look to respond instantly with Wayne Rooney forcing the issue in the Sunderland box but the ball won't ball right for him and a shooting chance passes him by,

Kahzri whips what looks like a pretty poor delivery into the box from the left that bounces twice off the turf through a crowd of players and into the far corner!

Goal! Sunderland 1-0 Manchester United (Wahbi Khazri, 2)

Van Aanholt scampers down the left flank, forcing Darmain to step across and block his run. Sunderland have the free kick.

And we are underway at the Stadium of Light.

We are just five minutes of kick off at the Stadium of Light. Manchester United have never lost here, can they maintain that record this afternoon?

A win for Manchester United will lift them to within three points of neighbours City, who host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Sunderland meanwhile are four points from safety.

Sam Allardyce has explained to BT Sport Jermain Defoe had a late fitness test after a hamstring strain on Friday.

Sunderland's depleted options mean there is a place on the bench for George Honeyman this afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin comes into the starting XI, while Wahbi Khazri comes in to make his first starting appearance.

No Fellaini in the squad today, Louis van Gaal has just explained to BT Sport the Belgian is "more or less injured" and needs a rest.

It's a very youthful bench for United this afternoon. Andreas Pereira. Donald Love, James Weir and Will Keane are the four academy options on show today, joined by Memphis Depay and relative veteran Anders Herrera, who is the sole senior option at the grand old age of 26.

BREAKING: There is no Maroaune Fellaini in the match day squad this afternoon with Jesse Lingard moving into a central position behind Mata, Martial and Rooney. As promised, Will Keane makes the bench alongside another Under-21 regular Donald Love.

Manchester United team to face Sunderland: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney

Subs: Romero, Love, Weir, Pereira, Herrera, Memphis, Keane

BREAKING: N'Doye makes his debut for the Black Cats this afternoon while Kone continues at centre half in the absence of Kaboul.

Sunderland team to face Manchester United: Mannone, Yedlin, O'Shea, Kone, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M'Vila, Khazri, N'Doye, Defoe.

Subs: Brown, Rodwell, Borini, Matthews, Pickford, Toivonen, Honeyman

TEAM NEWS: Sunderland

Sunderland's attacking options were dealt two hefty blows this week with Jeremain Lens ruled out with a suspected hernia, with Duncan Watmore suffering an ankle ligament injury in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool. Younes Kaboul is also unavailable, after injuring himself in the build-up to that 2-2 draw at Anfield. Fabio Borini is available once again however after recovering from illness.

TEAM NEWS: Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones and Guillermo Varela all picked up knocks playing for the club's Under-21 ranks on Monday. The trio join Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo on the sidelines, with the duo still a few weeks away from their returns. Bastian Schweinsteiger meanwhile has been given a "little holiday" by his manager.

Will Keane will also be named in the United squad, following his five-goal haul for the Under-21s on Monday. The 23-year-old has netted 10 in six games for the club's second string, and also provided the assist in the 1-0 win over Manchester City on Thursday.

Manchester United start the day six points adrift of the top four. With Leicester, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City all in action against each other on Sunday, Louis van Gaal's side will be hopeful of using their visit to the Stadium of Light as an opportunity to close the gap on their rivals, and keep their faint chances of Champions League qualification alive.