Sunderland Echo Column: Manchester United v Sunderland Preview

Today’s piece comes from Stephen Goldsmith.


ALL Sunderland fans love to suggest that the Black Cats are masters at disappointing you when you expect them to please, and more than often than not, pleasing when you expect them to disappoint.


Therefore, it’s reassuringly calm on the anti-Poyet front this week despite failing to beat West Brom at home last Saturday.


In fact, I’m not sure I spoke to anyone prior to the game who didn’t think Tony Pulis’s side would snatch a point last Saturday.


Maybe, for that reason, people are more measured in their weekly summaries of the situation at the Stadium of Light.


Whether the gaffer’s open letter has afforded him some extra patience is certainly up for debate, as is whether the employment of a more orthodox 4-4-2 has finally satisfied the majority of those who have constantly asked for it.


Then there’s always the theory that apathy is starting to prevail and that’s never a good thing; though another 40,000+ gate suggests those claims could be exaggerated.


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