PHOTOS: Mata & LvG frustrated as Manchester United draw at Sunderland

Louis van Gaal

The Spaniard captured the mood in Manchester perfectly as he kicked a water bottle in anguish.

And so it continues: Manchester United's slide into mediocrity will not be fixed immediately.

If fans were disappointed that they lost their Premier League opener at home to Swansea City, they will be even more disappointed that their side haven't bounced back from that defeat with a win at Sunderland.

Normal service - well, before that of last season - looked to have been resumed when Juan Mata gave Man United an early lead. Former Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell soon equalised, however, and it was back to square one for a dejected-looking Louis van Gaal and his confused-looking players.

A winner was not forthcoming for the visitors and nor, indeed, was anything else, as Tom Cleverley misplaced pass after pass and Wayne Rooney looked wonderingly into the distance in search of answers.

It looks, in truth, as though it will take Manchester United a long time to find those answers. Angel Di Maria is reportedly set to join the club for a fee of £64 million. But will that solve their problems?

Several positives that came from today's game at the Stadium of Light, though, were the iconic images snapped by photographers. Indeed, Mata kicking a water bottle in frustration, Van Gaal looking angrily at assistant Ryan Giggs, Robin van Persie being overwhelmed by Sunderland defenders and Rodwell's brilliant celebration for the equaliser all paint a picture.

Along with those, here are the best images from the day's play...

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