Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United: Alright, we're bored now

Laurence Griffiths

Manchester United lost their third consecutive game after Sunderland took the lead in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.

I always thought, during the predictions of post-Ferguson demise and thinking with full Cold War paranoia about potential Glazer-induced bankruptcy scenarios, that it might actually be quite fun. Duking it out with Newcastle, genuinely having no idea what the result would be in each game. But it's not.

Or at least, like this, it's not. Another abject performance and the third consecutive defeat in a row, all 2-1. Another game where we have one player capable of creating anything, the same player every time, and another game where half the team stand around like idiots, again the same players each time. At least when Liverpool lost to Sunderland, they had the beachball goal happen, which A) they could point to afterwards as unfair, and B) Was funny as hell.

This is just tedious, though. As if people are still expected to believe the "got to be careful not to panic buy the wrong players in January" guff now. It will be very easy to improve this team, and we need to do it as soon as possible. They're not quite as bad as they have been in the past few games, but we now appear to be suffering from a lack of confidence as well as a lack of quality. And when that happens... well, you lose 2-1 to Gus Poyet's Sunderland.

There were more reasons to blame Moyes, too - there are certainly many players who should be shown the door well before he is, but Antonio Valencia is one of them - so what was the point of leaving Wilfried Zaha on the bench yet again? And have we really not learned by now that Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley is the world's worst central midfield partnership bar none?

There's really not much more to be said that hasn't been said about the two games before it, because they were all exactly the same. Not buying in January would be suicidal, and if there's one silver lining, then hopefully our January so far will have made the club aware of that.

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