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]

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]

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]

Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool: Match Analysis & Player Ratings

After a very hectic and somewhat relieving week, Sunderland churned out a performance full of endeavour and expression. However, the reality is we still only have one point from a possible eighteen, and are seemingly unable to find the so-called winning formula. Maybe unsurprisingly, Kevin Ball picked the same starting eleven which disposed comfortably of Peterborough on Tuesday. [More]

Preview: Sunderland Vs Liverpool

It's hard to be confident going into this weekend's game against Liverpool, but the regime change and a more relaxed atmosphere around the Academy is surely a huge boost. Life under Paolo Di Canio doesn't seem to have suited our squad and if some of the stories I have heard about him are true I'm not surprised. Hopefully they enjoy life a bit more under Kevin Ball and we can start picking up points sooner rather than later. We are still bottom of the league, let’s not forget that! [More]

Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough: Match Analysis & Report

Professional is probably the only way to describe our performance. We were slick if not superb and let our Premier League quality shine through forcing us into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. The game smacked of a team recovering from a chaotic ordeal but with the important element of camaraderie. There was no lack of communication throughout the team which had been a feature of our disjointed displays so far. [More]