A change in manager seems to have done Manchester United no good. The Red Devils lost to Sunderland at Old Trafford in what was a disappointing performance. United were outdone from a strike by Black Cats midfielder Sebastian Larsson in the first half of the game, in what proved to be the only goal.
United looked nothing like a team full of tempo, speed, passion and imagination. Most of all, they didn't look like a team that was playing the United way and with the qualities that Ryan Giggs has promised as interim manager. The defending champions lacked in plenty of areas, but most importantly they lacked clinical finishing despite the presence of Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie as well as new signing Juan Mata who scored two goals in the previous game against Norwich.
At the end of the day it was a relegation threatened Sunderland side consisting of former United boys John O'Shea, Wes Brown and Phil Bardsley who showed enough mental strength and attacking guile to overcome the challenges posed by the team put together by Giggs. The visitors would have extended the lead in the second half if it weren't for the ball hitting the post twice.
Giggs has insisted that despite the loss he still feels that "there is quality in the dressing room". The Welshman feels that United's failure to " get enough people in the box", "find that key pass" and a "lack of concentration in the final third" were reasons for their loss against Sunderland.
The Red Devils will be hoping to bounce back with a victory against Hull City in the midweek. It may be that Louis van Gaal has been announced as the new manager by then. The one thing we can be sure off this season would be the fact that there has to be some form of unrest behind the scenes of the Old Trafford outfit and that contrary to popular belief, David Moyes may have been held as a scapegoat for the poor run of form this season.
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