Sunderland 1-2 Manchester United: Match Analysis & Player Ratings

Oh to be a Sunderland fan. Exhausting, it’s not even frustrating anymore – I’m just worn out. The misplaced optimism is starting to take its toll and you get the sense we really need to be rescued by someone. It was pretty irritating when you think that Manchester United, even when they did score, looked like a team devoid of any creativity. Perhaps we were unlucky, perhaps we were naïve, but it was an inspired 18 year old kid Adnan Januzaj who sent us home with that familiar feeling of desperation. [More]

Poyet Scorecard

The long standing favourite for the job, Gus Poyet is under the microscope. Samantha, editor for Vital Brighton, gives us her verdict on Brighton & Hove Albion’s former boss, starting with her opinion around his mysterious departure. [More]

United Viewpoint

We were lucky enough to get a few moments with Republik of Mancunia writer Nashat Hassan (@nashat_hassan) – so we fired him a few questions. He talks Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio, United, Moyes and today’s game. [More]

Points For Pulis

So who should get the Sunderland job? Well, it might not be our decision, but we fancied getting the opinions of those who know the top candidates a little better. Each man will be rated on their tactics, man management, youth management, discipline and if they would be a good fit for us to give an overall score. First, we get a bit of help from ESPN blogger James Whittaker to give us his verdict on former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis – being a Stoke fan, he’s got plenty to say! [More]

Preview: Sunderland Vs Manchester United

Perhaps it’s time to alleviate ourselves from the thought-shackling managerial mess and think a little bit about football, for a bit anyway. Kevin Ball takes charge of what is likely to be his last match as caretaker manager with the next permanent boss set to be announced next week, apparently. So what exactly does a managerless team with one point on the board, the worst defensive record who find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table need next? A visit from the champions of course! [More]

Captain Not So Fantastic

John O’Shea is a bit of an enigma for me. His pedigree is undeniable with nearly 400 appearances for the most successful side of this generation and no fewer than 10 major domestic and European winners’ medals. So why is it that, at least in my opinion, he just doesn’t cut it as a Sunderland captain? [More]