Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Devils Just Too Good

Devils Just Too Good

Steve Bruce's Sunderland were left toiling at Old Trafford on a freezing cold Boxing Day as the Lads were beaten comfortably 2-0.

The excuse that we can give is that the side was at it's most weakened so far this season. With Lee Cattermole (suspended), Welbeck (ineligible), Bramble, Turner, Mensah (injured) and Kieran Richardson (ill)all out, it was always going to be a struggle and with United on such good form we were fortunate not to have come away with a hiding.

A midfield of Zenden, Malbranque, Riveros & Henderson was very defensive and was never going to get forward enough to threaten and help Bent & Gyan.

Man Utd dominated the first half and a Rooney cross, inch perfect fell to Berbatov who headed home. Many chances fell the home sides way before half time but none were taken and Sunderland, amazingly found themselves still in the game at half time only a goal down. The second half was a little more even as we got a foothold, but no clear cut chances. Darren Bent was once again anonymous as he had to drop back in to a five man midfield.

The second goal came when a Berbatov shot was deflected in by Anton Ferdinand for his second own goal at Old Trafford in as many games.

2-0 it finished and Sunderland must now forget about this one and concentrate on a huge two winnable home games in the next five days.

FOCUS:
The back four had Elmohamady playing right back with Onuoha partnering Ferdinand at Centre half. Bardsley continued at left back. I thought Onuoha did well again in his new role, reading the game well most of the time alongside Anton. I was disappointed by Elmohamady though, he has the pace going forward but he isn't a good enough defender to cope with a team as good as Manchester United. He left far too much space at times allowing the front two to get in behind.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Paul Wallis
Date:Monday December 27 2010
Time: 11:45AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Younes Back But Two Doubtful For Anfield Clash

Early squad news for the game between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield this Saturday

Younes Back But Two Doubtful For Anfield Clash

Early squad news for the game between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield this Saturday

Big Sam Denies He Has A Problem With Klopp

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says that he has no problem with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of the game at Anfield this weekend.

The Sunderland Injury Table Updated

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Man City
Suggested By:
Mannone2%
Jones4%
Kone18%
O'Shea0%
Kirchhoff72%
van Aanholt0%
Lens0%
Cattermole0%
M'Vila4%
Borini0%
Defoe0%
Khazri 450%
Johnson 740%
N'Doye 820%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 24 14 8 2 50 18
2 Man City 24 14 5 5 47 23
3 Spurs 24 12 9 3 45 25
4 Arsenal 24 13 6 5 45 15
5 Man Utd 24 11 7 6 40 10
6 West Ham 24 10 9 5 39 10
7 Southampton 24 9 7 8 34 8
8 Liverpool 24 9 7 8 34 -4
9 Watford 24 9 6 9 33 1
10 Stoke 24 9 6 9 33 -4
11 Everton 24 7 11 6 32 9
12 Crystal Palace 24 9 4 11 31 -4
13 Chelsea 24 7 8 9 29 -2
14 WBA 24 7 8 9 29 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 28 -10
16 Swansea 24 6 8 10 26 -9
17 Norwich 24 6 5 13 23 -18
18 Newcastle 24 5 6 13 21 -19
19 Sunderland 24 5 4 15 19 -19
20 Aston Villa 24 2 7 15 13 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Feb 6 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 13 2016 12:45PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 12:45PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.idle eric8
2.roggy4
3.Dirty Dave3
4.smegma2
5.andyj19731
6.sugar plum fairy1
7.JoJoGrant1