Advocaat criticises Sunderland trio after defeat

Dick Advocaat picked out Fabio Borini, Adam
Johnson and Patrick van Aanholt for criticism in
the wake of Sunderland’s defeat at Manchester

The Black Cats surrendered to a 3-0 defeat at Old
Trafford after keeping out the hosts until added
time in the first half.

But Advocaat’s side failed to offer any response
after going a goal behind, with Wayne Rooney’s
goal immediately after half-time being
sandwiched by strikes from Memphis Depay and
Juan Mata.

The Sunderland boss picked out a number of his
players for criticism. First up was left-back
Patrick van Aanholt.

“The first goal, it was a long ball. Patrick van
Aanholt is watching his own man rather than
following the ball,” Advocaat said.
“You cannot let the ball go from that distance. The
second goal was too easy, the third goal the

Next in the firing line was Adam Johnson, who
was substituted at half-time.
“Every ball he touched was wrong,” said
Advocaat, who gave striker Fabio Borini both
barrels too.

“Borini as a striker had problems keeping the ball,
that’s why I brought on (Steven) Fletcher (at half-
time),” he said.

Advocaat admits much work must be done for
Sunderland to drag themselves off the bottom and
out of the relegation zone.

“We have a lot of games to go but we have to
think about how we change things in the squad,
as players,” Advocaat said.

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