Sunderland: What We Learned

Another day, another defeat. It’s becoming depressing, but that is why we do it. Here is what we learned against Sunderland.

David de Gea

Didn’t have a great deal to do. Well beaten by the goal and two shots that fortunately hit the woodwork. His distribution was unusually poor today, that is normally one of his strengths. Came out for a few crosses and claimed well, and all in all wasn’t too disappointing, he really didn’t have much to do.

The Defence

2 players leaving us in the summer, a 30 whatever year old and a centre back at right back. That was our defence yesterday. Quite frankly the sooner Vidic and Evra do depart, the better. They have been truly wonderful servants to us over the years, and for that we should be very grateful. They should not be playing in the first team. Our season is over, lets face it, give a couple of young lads a chance, because again yesterday they showed they were not up to it. Didn’t have a phenomenal deal to do again, but even so, they didn’t do what they did with any conviction. The same applies for Ferdinand. Jones was far more encouraging however, and though he may be more comfortable centrally, he has been very impressive on the right. Crossing the ball well and into dangerous areas when attacking, beating men too, putting in big tackles when defending, a positive on another day of negatives.

The Midfield

Having slated the defence, it is only fair that Carrick gets his fair share. Does he know what a forward pass is? Sloppy marking lead to their goal. He had an absolute shocker. He is a shadow of the man that played for Sir Alex, nowhere near what he was. Fletcher is another who doesn’t know what a forward pass is. He was strong, but otherwise not a lot was going for him. Ashley Youngs’ game was summed up by being booed off (not something I endorse, we should never boo off our own players, in spite of how hopeless they are). He offers absolutely nothing in either attack or defence, he can just about kick a ball. I’ll give him his due that he has pace, but what use is pace if you have nothing else? Whoever told him he can take corners should retire now. Nani was awful as per. Showed a couple of glimpses in the first half that he can be effective, but his end product was nothing. Januzaj coming on for him was the best part of the game, because he attacked and cut open and looked to produce. The lad is going to be something special and we need to keep him round the first team, he and not Ashley Young should be earning 130,000 a week.

The Attack

Juan Mata was right off the boil. Nothing was going his way at all. Attempting to break a packed defence down with not many helpers wasn’t ever going to be an easy task, but aside from that he was generally poor. Javier Hernandez. How many chances does he want to a) prove he is good enough and b) score? He could quite easily have had a hattrick yesterday, but true to his form of late, he couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo. Personally I think he is fast running out of chances, and has no right to be as upset as he is at not playing. Van Persie came on. That’s about all we can say. Maybe not 100% fit, but again another performance fitting to a players season. Lacklustre and uninterested just as he was under Moyes. Danny came on and put in his usual mammoth shift, ran about and made his presence known, a couple of decent efforts were unlucky not to find the net, should definitely have started over Hernandez.


Well, Ryan Giggs is not our saviour. David Moyes wasn’t cut out for the job, but the players have to take A LOT of responsibility because again they were completely under par. Our saviour is the transfer window. We can ship out the old, tired players and bring in a new squad, wanting to play for the club. Quite frankly only 3 or 4 players can finish the season and say ‘I tried my hardest this year, I deserve this shirt’, the rest of them should be mortally disappointed in themselves. These 100,000+ a week ‘World Class’ players need to take a long, hard look at themselves. I wouldn’t keep many of them, and a lot are going to have a short, sharp shock when Van Gaal comes in, because he won’t accept that. When all is said and done however, surely it can’t get any worse? Don’t make a fool of ourselves in the remaining 2 games and move on. The summer is going to be exciting.

By Matthew Henderson

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