Advocaat criticises Sunderland trio after defeat
Dick Advocaat picked out Fabio Borini, Adam
Johnson and Patrick van Aanholt for criticism in
the wake of Sunderlandâ€™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 Advocaatâ€™s side failed to offer any response
after going a goal behind, with Wayne Rooneyâ€™s
goal immediately after half-time being
sandwiched by strikes from Memphis Depay and
The Sunderland boss picked out a number of his
players for criticism. First up was left-back
Patrick van Aanholt.
â€œThe first goal, it was a long ball. Patrick van
Aanholt is watching his own man rather than
following the ball,â€ Advocaat said.
â€œYou 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.
â€œEvery ball he touched was wrong,â€ said
Advocaat, who gave striker Fabio Borini both
â€œBorini as a striker had problems keeping the ball,
thatâ€™s why I brought on (Steven) Fletcher (at half-
time),â€ he said.
Advocaat admits much work must be done for
Sunderland to drag themselves off the bottom and
out of the relegation zone.
â€œWe have a lot of games to go but we have to
think about how we change things in the squad,
as players,â€ Advocaat said.
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