Manchester United 3 Sunderland 0: Frustrated Advocaat - We gave the game away in two minutes

Ola Toivonen tries to stop United's Anthony Martial. Picture by Frank Reid
Ola Toivonen tries to stop United's Anthony Martial. Picture by Frank Reid

Dick Advocaat admits he cannot continue to be a broken record if Sunderland are to stand any chance of securing their Premier League status.

Sunderland produced a more solid defensive display in the first half against Premier League leaders Manchester United, yet fell behind just 40 seconds before the interval, and then conceded again just 40 seconds after the break.

With rock-bottom Sunderland still winless and boasting just two points after seven games, Advocaat says any positives produced by the Black Cats are wearing-thin, when they habitually manage to finish on the losing side.

Advocaat said: “We can’t keep saying we have a lot of games to go.

“We cannot keep saying after each game to take the good things out of it.

“Again, we were well-organised against a good side, but we gave the game away in two minutes.

“Normally we give the goals away at the beginning. Now it’s at the end (of the first half) and the beginning of the second half.

“With the way the team was organised in the first half, it was okay.

“We tried to do something on the break sometimes, but if you see the kind of mistake we made for the first goal, then you ask for problems.

“Before that, United didn’t have a lot of chances.”

Advocaat blasted the soft manner of United’s three goals, with the two-quick fire goals either side of the interval allowing Louis van Gaal’s side to coast to victory.

“The first goal was a long ball and Patrick van Aanholt is watching his own man, instead of closing down,” he said.

“Also Lee (Cattermole) who played a very good game, but from that distance, he cannot let the ball go past him.

“The second goal is the same. Too easy.

“The third goal the same.

“I can accept losing sometimes, but we made it very easy in the end.”

The offensive players didn’t escape Advocaat’s wrath either after Adam Johnson was replaced at the interval following an utterly ineffective first-half display.

“Every ball he (Johnson) touched was wrong, from what I’d seen,” added Advocaat.

Plus the fact that (Fabio) Borini as a striker had problems keeping the ball.

“That was why I brought on Fletcher.”