After the rhetoric and posturing that resulted from a bit of mickey taking at the end of last season no doubt the supporters of Manchester United will be celebrating their revenge. We can expect more than a modicum of gloating and worse but to anyone coming on here to tell us “we told you so”, let me state that this result came as no surprise. That’s not to say we didn’t have hope, but it was in hope and not with expectation that we travelled to Old Trafford this afternoon.Pete Sixsmith‘s seven-word verdict gives the synopsis; come back for Sixer’s full assessment …

At least we got one

Dec 16 2012 Manchester United (2) 3 SAFC (0) 1 Dismal first half defending cost us dear

Dec 11 2012 SAFC (2) 3 Reading (0) 0 Just a comfortable win against poor oppositon

Dec 8 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Chelsea (2) 3 Far better performance than the scoreline suggests

Dec 2 2012 Norwich City (2) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Took too long to get into game.

And read Monsieur Salut at ESPN:

Nov 27 2012 SAFC (0) 0 Queens Park Rangers (0) 0 Won’t see a poorer game all season

Nov 23 2012 SAFC (0) 2 West Bromwich Albion (2) 4 Ridiculous scoreline but too many basic errors

Nov 18 2012 Fulham 1 (0) SAFC 3 (0) Good goals, better performance, 3 important points

Nov 10 2012 Everton (0) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Chances created, which is progress. Much better

Nov 3 2012 SAFC 0 (0) Aston Villa 1 (0) Another abject performance. A long winter looms

Oct 30 2012 Capital One Cup Fourth Round: SAFC 0 (0) Middlesbrough 1 (1) Plan B even worse than plan A

Oct 27 2012 Stoke City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Don’t bother with MoTD: a real stinker

Oct 21 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Newcastle United (1) 1 Got out of jail. Just about deserved

Oct 6 2012 Manchester City (1) 3 SAFC (0) 0 Never gave up but City simply better.

Sept 29 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Scrappy performance but a win’s a win

Sept 25 2012 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: MK Dons (0) 0 SAFC (0) 2 Second goal settles nerves for comfortable win

Sept 22 2012 West Ham United (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Need to be more positive when ahead

Sept 15 2012 SAFC (1) Liverpool (0) 1 More than happy to take a point

Sept 1 2012 Swansea City (1) 2 SAFC (2) 2 *Lack of ambition against 10 cost points

Aug 28 2012 Capital One Cup Round 2: SAFC (1) 2 Morecambe (0) 0 Shrimps potted as we stroll to victory

Aug 18 2012 Arsenal (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Gritty, determined and a well earned point

To see Sixer’s Sevens in full, click here.

Join the Salut! Sunderland Facebook group – click anywhere along this line

And follow us on Twitter: @salutsunderland … click along this line

Click anywhere on this sentence for a glance at the home page – and highlights of all the most recent articles …

Click here for the Martin O’Neill ‘Team of all Talents’ mug: £9.50, post-free for UK buyers, from the Salut! Sunderland Shop

Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

7 Responses to “Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1 not unexpected but still disappointing” Subscribe

  1. Ian_SAfc December 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    We should have just gave them the three points and saved the time and trouble of the travelling fans.
    I expected to lose. But I didn’t expect us not to start until half time.
    Whatever MON says at half time, he should say before the game starts.
    We’ve got to start games with intent and energy otherwise we’ll struggle.
    I would play Wickham more. I think he can be a real handful.

    • malcolm December 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      Not starting at half time should be no surprise. It has been a consistent moan of mine since the season began.

  2. Jeremy December 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Ian said “I expected to lose. But I didn’t expect us not to start until half time.”

    You must have been on Mars for the Norwich game Ian. In all seriousness, this is so ridiculous and so inept. It’s becoming a continual problem and something needs to be done about this, Bring in a sports psychologist to deal with this, although I suspect that this has as much to do with the oppostion letting us play when they feel that they game is won.

    Unacceptable dross is what we’ve had served up all season and for much of last. I agree completely about Wickham.

    • William C December 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      I listened to it on radio, and if the commentary was accurate we could have been 4 or 5 down by half time. I think that we were very fortunate that Man Utd took their foot off the pedal. It sounds as if it could have been extremely embarrassing.

  3. Martin December 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    We lost 3-1 away to the best team in the country. Three out of 4 of our first choice defence were out injured, as was our captain. Even at three nil down we kept going, scored a goal and could easily have had one or two more. It’s no disgrace. have a bit of perspective please.

    • William C December 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Martin, I try to be objective. I watched the highlights that evening on MOTD, and Manchester Utd cut us to pieces in the first half. Phil Brown [ on radio commentary ] said that SAFC would have to sort out their defence ” to avoid a cricket score “.

      Everyone has injuries. That is why there is a squad system. These players are paid tens of thousands each week, and many of them are internationals.

      A few days ago, Bradford City, with a team that cost £7.500 beat a full strength Arsenal side. How? By being organised, and by concentrating for 90 minutes.

      I agree we did better in the second half. We say that nearly every week. How does the manager explain that?

  4. Jeremy December 17, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Martin. You could have posted almost the same comments about the game against Norwich. No disrespect to the Canaries, but they are not the best team in the country. It’s not about one game or two games or even three that people are disgruntled about, it’s twenty three and counting. We are complete and utter garbage.

    William C is absolutely correct. I saw the whole game live and it could have been 4 or 5 in the first 15 minutes. Rooney could have been on a hat trick after the same period had he not been wasteful. Same mistakes from the same players week in and week out and the same results.

Leave a Reply

Barnsley vs Sunderland Guess the Score: the need to show we’re a Championship force

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

As Paul Summerside put it here earlier this week, Saturday’s game at Oakwell is a much more important test of […]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: At least our name’s in the douli for the next round

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith made the trip across the Pennines to Brunton Park last night and saw us win our […]

A View from the Avenue: Barnsley result crucial after a decent start

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Carlisle 1-2 Sunderland. Bill Green honoured, our job done

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Beating Carlisle in the league cup, or what is now correctly called the Caraboa Cup (what, you may ask but […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?


Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]