Former Manchester United boss David Moyes needed an unlikely win over his former employers last weekend but they were up against it when United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic banged in the opening goal of the match before Sebastian Larsson was sent off under controversial circumstances. With no goals in their previous six outings and with just ten men on the field, the Black Cats faced a tricky task in the second half and the Red Devils responded by scoring two more courtesy of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.
“I don’t want to blame referees for my position and us losing,” Moyes said following the defeat. “Today the result was helped by the referee. Manchester United were playing well but the red card was a decision that went against us.
“We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday and we have to try and win it. We do some good things but just lack a bit of quality but it’s not for the want of trying. The boys are doing everything they can. The hardest thing as a manager is losing and we’re losing a lot. The players care and want to do well and we’re not doing as well as we should be.”
Sunderland have now failed to find the net in eleven hours of football and they are now moving ever closer to the inevitable relegation to the second tier of the English game. Should they lose to West Ham United in their next outing and local rivals Middlesbrough the following weekend, they will be condemned to the drop before the end of the month.
The bookies are fairly confident that this will be the case with William Hill going 1/200 that Sunderland will be in the Championship at the start of 2017/18. Middlesbrough are next at 1/25 with the same firm and Swansea City follow up at 4/5.
William Hill Relegation Odds
1/200 – Sunderland
1/25 – Middlesbrough
4/5 – Swansea City
6/4 – Hull City
25/1 – Crystal Palace
50/1 – Burnley