United 0-1 Sunderland: Giggs oversees the most abject display of the season

Clive Mason

It turns out Manchester United may have problems beyond David Moyes as Ryan Giggs oversaw an utterly insipid display as Sunderland won 1-0 at Old Trafford.

No Moyes, no problems? Well, not quite. In an astonishing turn of events it appears that Manchester United are really bad, as despite Ryan Giggs being in charge Sunderland still walked away with a pathetically easy victory from Old Trafford.

United put in a completely insipid performance with no urgency whatsoever in attack or defence, while Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher both had probably their worst ever games for the club in comprising the alleged midfield.

United had not really threatened Sunderland's goal when Sebastian Larsson struck the visitors ahead as Carrick failed to track him and he walked into the area to sidefoot a cross home, and there was a distinct lack of improvement thereafter too.

Adnan Januzaj was introduced to try and liven things up a bit, and he looked the brightest spark in the team as he always does, with even Juan Mata looking pretty awful. Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie were hurled on too, but neither could influence the game in any meaningful way as United laboured for the rest of the match, with Sunderland unlucky not to add more as they twice struck the woodwork.

In all, this was everything of the Moyes era and more - nothing but crosses, dreadful giveaways, appalling end product, daft defensive errors and a lack of anything suggesting the team really cared what the result of the game was. Roy Keane criticised the prawn sandwich brigade in the stands, but today it was the players who looked like they had about as much emotional investment in the outcome of the game as Swiss businessmen being entertained by a local logistics company. Please, Louis van Gaal, come and save us from this utter, utter dreck.

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