UNITED REJECT SENDS SUNDERLAND TO EFL THIRD ROUND

Former Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj scored the winner as David Moyes supervised his first victory since taking over the helms at Sunderland.

They played Shrewsbury in the second round of the EFL Cup, with their opponents giving them a tough time before breaking. The Black Cats revel in te win as it comes in the middle of an injury crisis at the club. The defence is the most hit of the departments in the squad.

In the 2-1 loss to Premier League entrant Middlesbrough, John O’Shea limped off, joining the expanding list of injured defenders like Jan Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole, and Billy Jones. The game wasn’t as exciting but it ensures Moyes gets his first win and a ticket to the next round of the EFL Cup. Former South African international Steven Pienaar played the game, reuniting with his former Everton manager. Before the game, Moyes was concerned with the injury rate but he declared he was taking the EFL serious.

Januzaj, Asoro and Khazri were upfront, with Gooch behind Asoro, leaving Pienner in the middle. Rodwell, Pickford, Love, McNair, Djilobodji and captain of the game Patrick van Aanholt were also in action. Khazri got the first clear chance for Sunderland few minutes into the encounter, but blew it off. Januzaj was fouled by McGivern on the edge of the box, but the free kick from the former Red Devils youngster didn’t get past the wall. The first half ended goalless, despite Sunderland dominating possession.

The second half went underway without many changes until Januzaj scored the late winner. He was allowed to turn on the edge of the box then he sent a powerful shot into the right-hand corner. The rivals couldn’t get to equalize even after four minutes added on. The win means Sunderland will face Queen Park Rangers in the third round.

JANUZAJ WANTS TO LEAVE THE CLUB NOW

Adnan Januzaj is reported to have handed in a transfer request to leave the club this summer.

According to Daily Mail, the Red Devils winger, who is only 21 years, wants more from his career after making a big entry into the Premier League but not being able to continue. The player is a product of the Anderlecht youth academy, and he joined Red Devils at the age of 16.

Sunderland were on their way to a huge success over Manchester United when Januzaj was introduced back in 2013. He got into the game seamlessly and scored two goals to upturn the result. Despite the big introduction, he has struggled to keep up with similar performances. He played 18 games in the 2014/2015 season but was sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund last season. He couldn’t make his impact in the Bundesliga so the club sent him back to Old Trafford where he has remained moribund.

The transfer request isn’t strange considering how other young players like Marcus Rashford and others have come to establish at the club, with better prospects than his. Everton are reported to be keen on signing the player as they continue with the large scale changes to their squad of last season.

Even with Jose Mourinho now in charge, there is still a very slim chance of his getting first team football, hence the want to move out. After spending five years at Old Trafford the young player is ready to leave. Sunderland, AC Milan, Ajax, Paris St. Germain and others are reported to be interested in the young player. Ronald Koeman fancies the player and wants him to join in as they need a left winger. Lots of other United players have flourished at Goodison Park. Tim Howard, Louis Saha and Phil Neville are notable ones.

DeAndre Yedlin says that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce should receive a lot of praise

DeAndre Yedlin says that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce should receive a lot of praise for the club staying in the Premier League.

The club have been involved in a relegation battle consistently for the last five years. Impressive is the fact that they have managed to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth on each occasion. It was once again the case with the 2015-16 season. Along with the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa, Sunderland were seen as the poorest team in the English top division. However, they managed to get some good results towards the end of the season to achieve safety.

In the end, Norwich joined Newcastle and Aston Villa towards the Championship. Allardyce may have joined Sunderland at the start of the season, but he has received little praise for helping the club stay in the division.Yedlin has tried to bring the attention back towards the manager, who is looked down upon by many fans – especially opposition fans – for the perceived negativity in his football style.Yedlin is at Sunderland only on a temporary basis from Tottenham, but recent reports claim that the north-east outfit are preparing to make a permanent offer for him.

Yedlin feels settled at the north-east and would want to make the move permanent as well. “I have to give a lot of credit to Big Sam, the manager. I don’t know what it was, but he made something click in my head. Maybe it’s his defensive approach to playing. Every Thursday every defender would do strictly defensive drills, no attacking at all. And we hated it, because it’s not the most fun thing to do, but at the end of the day it helps. And you could see towards the end of the season, the last 11, 12 games, we became a lot stronger as a defensive unit,” said Yedlin.

Sam Allardyce has enhanced his reputation as a great manager

Sam Allardyce has enhanced his reputation as a great manager after helping Sunderland avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth.

The former Bolton, Newcastle, and West Ham manager was appointed as the new boss of Sunderland with some scepticism from fans about the style of football. At his previous clubs, Allardyce was not known to play attractive football but he has always secured results for the club. He was responsible for getting clubs like West Ham out of trouble in crucial circumstances. Sunderland were clearly going for the tried and trusted option rather than the flamboyant.

Newcastle United, on the other hand, went in for the flamboyant Rafa Benitez, who has won the Champions League and has managed clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool. However, he failed when it came to the relegation battle after the club were unable to get the results to keep them in the Premier league. Sunderland have had a habit of avoiding the drop at the last moment and they did it once again in the 2015-16 campaign. Allardyce has taken this opportunity to remind fans that his man management skills were key towards the club achieving safety. It remains to be seen if Allardyce’s quality will now be appreciated by supporters.

Allardyce, though, will not want to be involved in another year of relegation struggle.“I have managed them, man-management is the biggest part of the job today. It’s your guidance and determination, your belief, your desire to achieve certain goals and to set out those goals to the staff behind the scenes and then to players.It’s been a long road.If you manage your staff and your players, make tough decisions, you hope you earn the respect you have in the stadium. I try to make the atmosphere warm and inviting,” said Allardyce.

Sam Allardyce sees his Team less prone to get out of League

Sam Allardyce reckons because of his players being more experienced in dealing with the relegation scenarios, it gives them the advantage over the other teams who are in danger of getting out of Premiership.

As per Allardyce, the Black Cats have been on brink of demotion successively in last few seasons and it’s always this time of the season that they have picked themselves up and have achieved that one dominating result which has changed it around for them.

Allardyce reckons, this time around that changing result might be the three-nothing annihilation that they dished out to Norwich City playing them at their home on Saturday.

However, Alex Neil, the Canaries boss, sort of laughed off at that ‘more-experienced’ thing that Allardyce was talking about and said that a combination of good fortune and probably a bit of laziness by Norwich on occasions was what handed Sunderland the game and it was not the case of them being at their ominous best at all.

Talking about relegation, Crystal Palace is a bit too far ahead. So, they are not a relegation candidate unless the huge uncertainty of the sports takes over and they lose basically everything from here, all the games and remain at 39 points only where they are currently at. But, normally, their position, at the moment, almost marks them safe.

Norwich could have been able to approach safety as well if not for that result, which Neil might call misfortune or whatever, but, now, with that happening, that loss of 0-3, they are left leading to Sunderland by 1 point only and Newcastle by 2 points.

Both Norwich and Sunderland have got Gunners to play against next, the former at Emirates, while, the latter at home, but, whichever the venue might be, it would demand a hell of a lot of effort from the two teams to snatch something off the Londoners.

Sam Allardyce voices his disapproval in relation to the international break

The international break is not something that managers seem to approve of and this is becoming evident as each season passes by and more coaches are revealing their disgust.

The main problem about the international break is that the players have to leave their clubs for a few weeks and practice as well as play friendly matches with their respective national football team. There is one huge dilemma that the players experience when playing with their national sides and it’s the fact that injury is something which seems to always affect them.

Arsene Wenger is another manager who has expressed his disgust to the international break as the Frenchman usually gets to see a few of his key figures sustaining an injury which is a huge blow for their league charge.

Sam Allardyce is now the latest coach that voiced his frustration to these events and the manager of Sunderland even labeled these friendly matches as: ‘’stupid and meaningless’’

The 61 year old manager of Sunderland, Sam Allardyce said: “We’ve got two home games coming up, although we’ve got two weeks to wait for it because of stupid friendlies and international games. You have to put up with that. We had to wait two weeks for the Newcastle game when we didn’t want to. And now we’ve got to wait another two weeks, with international players going away, when there’s a chance they’ll get injured.’’

“Part of the reason why we’re performing so well at the moment is we’ve kept most of the players fit since the turn of the year. We’ve got them fitter, performing better and the new players have made a difference. We’ve just got to do that last little bit to get more enjoyment out of playing well, and that’s by winning.”

Seb Larsson, John O’Shea, Jordan Pickford, DeAndreYedlin, LamineKone and Patrick van Aanholt are the 6 key figures of Sunderland that had to make their way to the international stage and represent their respective countries.

Triumph over Manchester United meant more than just 3 points

Sunderland secured a surprising 2-1 victory over Manchester United on February 13th and Sam Allardyce took the chance to express just how important it was for him and his team to win the game and it represented more than just 3 points.

Manchester United had the upper hand in terms of possession as they enjoyed having 66% but it wasn’t enough for them to win the game as the team of Louis van Gaal struggled to actually launch goal-scoring shots while Sunderland did manage to make the most from their chances and scored twice which was enough for them to seal the important victory which is a huge accomplishment for a club that is struggling just to get out of the bottom relegation zone.

“You get the big boys and if you can beat them now and again it’s always an added bonus. This is more than an added bonus for us; this is a massive, massive three points’’

“I don’t think anyone expected us to get the result today based on the form of Manchester United in 2016. Injuries have caused us a problem this week and selection-wise we didn’t have too many players available so the team kind of picked itself’’ Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce said after the match ended as he stated just how important it was to win their recent league match against Manchester United.

February has been a rough month for Sunderland as they have had to face off against top clubs in the Premier League including: Manchester City, Liverpool and more recently Manchester United but they have managed to do fairly well as Sam Allardyce’s team was able to draw with Liverpool and defeated Manchester United.

Sunderland will be taking on Liverpool this weekend

Sunderland will be taking on Liverpool this weekend hoping to take advantage of the opposition’s misfortune with regard to injuries.

Jurgen Klopp has been complaining in recent weeks that his poor luck with regard to injuries has left the team struggling to find good quality replacements in several areas of the pitch. However, Sam Allardyce is not showing in any pity to his counterpart since he believes that the injuries are result ofKlopp’s intense style of management. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is known for employing very intense tactics, which drain the players in the second half of the season.

Apart from doing a lot of work in training, the players are also required to press very hard in the games. Apart from taking the energy out of the players, it also makes them prone to injuries. Allardyce has a reputation for getting the best out of players and it is largely by maintaining their shape. It was a in his long spell at Bolton Wanderers a decade ago. His Sunderland team recently ended a poor run of form with a thumping 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The win ensures that they do not go adrift near the bottom of the table.

Sunderland are now four points away from safety.”That is him (Klopp) asking his players to play a high tempo pressing game from the top end. It’s great that the players have been able to carry it out but I think it has kicked in now.I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra high energy, that extra 10 yards, these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in such a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains,” said Allardyce.

The injury plagued Jack Rodwell is expected to make a comeback

This past season of the Premier League was an underwhelming one for Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell as the midfielder struggled trying to stay fit as he was plagued with consistent injuries which kept him out of the pitch and in the sidelines for a significantly long period of time

Sunderland had signed Jack Rodwell for a price of €10 million as the English played made a move from Manchester City over to Sunderland and Sunderland wanted to make full use of their signing by placing him in all of the matches of the past season but it couldn’t happen due to all the injuries that Rodwell sustained but the player is now going through a pre-season training with the rest of his teammates of Sunderland and Rodwell is back in action.

Jack Rodwell has finally managed to recover from his recent injury struggles and for the past few days he has been training with his team at the Academy of Light.

Michael Proctor is a retired footballer who played for Sunderland for over 5 years and he believes that Jack Rodwell is a player that has gone through a lot of tough times but Proctor is expecting Rodwell to overcome it and come back stronger in the next season.

Former Sunderland player, Michael Proctor said: “Jack Rodwell had a tough season but again we know what he can be capable of. For me, one of Dick Advocaat’s biggest challenges is to get the best out of him next year.”

EmanueleGiaccherini is another player who has been hampered with injuries but along with Jack Rodwell, Giaccherini is expected to make a return to the pitch and play a big role for the Premier League club in the next season as Sunderland will be looking towards finishing in the middle section of the English league and avoid sticking to the bottom spots which is what happened in the previous season where they finished in the 16th spot with 3 points separating them from the relegation zone.

After losing against Leicester City, Dick Advocaat expresses his concerns

The opening day of the Premier League season was a dreadful one for Sunderland as they lost 4-2 against Leicester City and the Dutch manager stated that he is worried about the recent struggles that his team has been displaying.

There was little that Sunderland could do when they played against Leicester City in their first match of the season as the home team was just on a different level. In the opening 45 minutes of the game, Leicester City scored 3 goals and despite Sunderland’s attempts of getting back into the game by scoring twice, it wasn’t enough as the home team won their first game of this new season.

Dick Advocaat has spent around €13 million in signing new players but even with these summer signings they could do nothing from stopping Sunderland of losing their opening match of the Premier League season and even though only 1 match has been played, Dick Advocaat confessed that he is scared about his team.

Sunderland’s Dick Advocaat said: “The result scared me a little bit, but also the way we played. We have to change something as we cannot go on this way. “I’m extremely disappointed for the fans, they came down to back us in their numbers and that was not a great performance for them. Leicester took their chances and made the most of the possession that they had. We were caught out and made mistakes that a team shouldn’t be making at this level’’

The Dutch manager continued on by saying that you can’t expect to secure or make outstanding performances with players who were signed for around €2 million each and that most of them will just have to settle with a place on the sidelines.

Sebastian Coates was signed for €2 million, Younes Kaboul for €3 million and Adam Matthews for €2 million and from the looks of it, Dick Advocaat is not expecting any of those summer arrivals to make a big impact in the team.