O'Neill: 'A really spirited performance'
Martin O'Neill admitted that his side showed Manchester United 'too much respect' in the first-half at Old Trafford this afternoon, going in 2-0 down at the break.
Goals from Robin Van Persie and Tom Cleverley within 10 minutes of one another did for the Black Cats who put in a stronger showing in the second-period.
Wayne Rooney added a third before Fraizer Campbell pulled one back for the Lads, opening his account for the season with a consolation strike.
Speaking afterwards to safc.com, O'Neill admitted his side had made it easy for the Red Devils during the first period:
"Coming to Old Trafford can sometimes be daunting and I think we gave a very good side a little bit too much respect early on in the game."
The Ulsterman continued:
"Their first goal was a mistake on our part and we probably should have dealt with it better," noted O'Neill.
"It was a really spirited performance in the second half,' observed the boss.
"We improved and created some very good chances. It could have made for a really interesting finish, but we were unable to put them away.'
Sunderland are back on the road next weekend, heading to resurgent Southampton.