Moyes claims referee helped United beat Sunderland

Both the teams are perhaps fighting to save their pre-season goals. It is a really good finish from distance but you would have hoped for a block.

Having battled relegation in each of the last four years, Sunderland will have to draw on their experience if they are to beat the drop, but Anichebe has warned it will be very hard for them to turn things around, having won just one of their last 14 league games.

Moyes admitted Sunderland were too reliant on striker Jermain Defoe, who has 14 league goals this season. He talked about his players having the experience of successful relegation battles in the past season to lauding their effort levels despite the string of defeats. Maybe we could have dropped back a bit more, it's the whole teams.

Fans have grown frustrated with United's lack of goals, but it's important to remember that Mourinho is now guiding his side through a 20-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho was quite blunt about his preferences as he said that he would have preferred United to have won five matches and lost five matches instead of the ten draws they have completed in the last 20 matches.

With Championship football beckoning, former defender Gray believes the club need a total overhaul "from top to bottom" and should bring in a group of former Sunderland stars to help run the team - and he is up for the challenge.

David Moyes has said Seb Larsson's sending off can't be used as an excuse for yesterday's defeat to Manchester United.

"What I will say is this has really split people, and if you showed it to 18 referees then nine would go red and nine would go yellow".

In a candid interview in the Sunderland Echo, Anichebe, who has just returned from injury was critical of the Black Cats' squad, who face an nearly impossible task of preserving their Premier League status.

"Nothing would ever get in the way of my preparations as a manager or as a coach".

United were leading 1-0 at the time and went on to cruise to a 3-0 victory over the Black Cats, who remain bottom of the table. It looks as though they are going down with a whimper.

There was no evidence that they would have claimed a point with all 11 men at their disposal, though Larsson's departure certainly brought an end to the afternoon as a competitive occasion.

And the Scot has chose to appeal the decision in the hope the Swede avoids a three-match ban.

The Black Cats will again miss John O'Shea as he will be unavailable to face his old team due to personal reasons. Can he play 90 minutes?

United, meanwhile, are expected to be without captain Wayne Rooney and midfielder Ashley Young, although Antonio Valencia may return.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata are also unavailable. United's midfield is based largely on flair, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan looking to create chances for those further up the field.

  • Stacy Allen