A new season started with new faces for Sunderland with four players making their first appearance in the Premier League in red and white.
It was a youthful side that started at Manchester City as David Moyes brought in new faces to change the balance of the team. Here's our take on their performances at the Etihad.
Energy, fearlessness and endeavour were all on show when the 20-year-old picked up the ball in the first few minutes of Saturday's game. With Duncan Watmore threatening on the right flank, Gooch pushed down the left in what was a promising start for Sunderland before the City penalty on four minutes. The match drifted away from him later and he was substituted after 65 minutes. There were signs of real promise from the American but he faces tough competition to keep his place.
The Manchester United loanee carries the most expectation of the debutants after showing glimpses of brilliance for his parent club. After being roundly booed by the blue half of Manchester when he came on in the 64th minute, the tricky winger didn't take long to show his pace and directness down the right flank. Sunderland fans got a taste of what to expect and they'll be hoping the 21-year-old can be consistent in a red and white shirt. If he is, don't expect him to be warming the bench for over an hour each game.
Nolito, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva. You wouldn't want to mark one of them for 90 minutes but 21-year-old Love had to deal with all of them at some stage in the game. After a nervous start, the Scottish right back settled into the flow of the match and seemed to grow in confidence. It was always going to be hard against a City side filled with attacking talent but it was a performance to build on.
It wasn't a debut the 21-year-old will want to remember. On in the 83rd minute, he scored an own goal in the 87th to put City 2-1 in front. Football can be a cruel game and Moyes will be keen for the Irishman to put those minutes behind him and look ahead to his future performances in a red and white shirt.