Fulham and Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday after Sunderland's surprise 1-0 win at Manchester United proved a reality check for the deposed champions' interim manager Ryan Giggs.
Fulham lost 4-1 at Stoke and Cardiff was defeated 3-0 at Newcastle, leaving both teams unable to climb out of the bottom three with one match apiece remaining.
Sebastian Larsson's 30th-minute winner at Old Trafford means resurgent Sunderland have picked up seven points from recent away matches at Manchester City, Chelsea and United to move three points clear of third-bottom Norwich with two matches left.
After opening with a 4-0 win over Norwich, Giggs saw United turn in a performance reminiscent of David Moyes' woeful tenure. United is six points behind sixth-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at West Ham.
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