SAFC Analysis: Should Sunderland new boy DeAndre Yedlin start at Manchester United?

DeAndre Yedlin in action against Manchester City
DeAndre Yedlin in action against Manchester City
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DeAndre Yedlin had to be patient for his first Sunderland appearance.

And the American probably wished Dick Advocaat had waited a little longer before unleashing him in a red and white strip.

Sunderland fans were told when he signed that he possessed rapid pace and they weren’t disappointed.

The Black Cats were torn apart by Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.

The USA international signed for Sunderland on deadline day, joining on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham Hotspur.

But he couldn’t play against his parent club 10 days ago and was then restricted to a place on the bench at Bournemouth.

Another good game to miss.

He was in from the start against City though and impressed at right-back, arguably the man of the match (not that the competition was high).

Mind, Yedlin certainly had his work cut out.

With Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne probing and pressing in front of him and marauding left-back Aleksander Kolarov constantly pushing forward on the overlap.

It was a tough test.

Defensively, he just about coped. Mind it wasn’t hard to stand out with Patrick van Aanholt having another nightmare on the other flank, and John O’Shea and Sebastian Coates struggling in the middle.

He looked raw and rusty at times and was caught out of position on too many occasions resulting in the Sunderland coaching staff having strong words with him as they walked off at half-time.

But going forward, he looked far more composed, inventive and posed a threat.

And he has pace to burn too.

Sunderland fans were told when he signed that he possessed rapid pace and they weren’t disappointed.

On more than one occasion he burst forward at will, adding a different attacking dimension to Sunderland’s forward play.

That hasn’t been the problem for much of the season, it has been keeping the ball out at the other end.

But Yedlin is more positive than Billy Jones and is likely to be in from the start against Manchester United on Saturday.

Because of his eagerness to get forward it left the Sunderland defence short when City broke on the counter attack.

But his pace at least gives Yedlin - who worked hard all night - the chance to get back in position quickly.

Yedlin’s attacking play, ironically, played a part in City’s second of the night.

He had burst forward on the overlap and was played in by Adam Johnson but Fernando just beat him to the ball to clear for a quickly-taken corner.

A Sunderland corner, which City ended up scoring from after a decisive counter attack.

It was a bitter blow for Sunderland, who had been building up a head of steam.

That second goal took the wind right out of their sails as City then stormed into a 4-0 half-time lead.

Yedlin kept going though, eager to impress on his Sunderland debut.

And despite almost scoring a comical own goal, which had Vito Mannone floundering, he enjoyed a positive debut.

With City taking their foot off the accelerator, Yedlin enjoyed more time and space in the second half.

Eager to burst forward at every opportunity, he played a lovely through ball to Fabio Borini but the Italian couldn’t capitalise.

Soon after, he found himself in another good position but his cut back was poor and City were able to break.

He made up for it though with Sunderland’s consolation goal.

Yedlin broke down the flank before producing a pin point cross onto the head of Ola Toivonen to nod past Willy Caballero from close range.

It was a wonderful cross and the Swedish forward didn’t disappoint with his finish.

For many, the 4-1 cup defeat to Manchester City is one they will want to banish to the history bin.

But for Yedlin, it was finally a chance for the American to make his mark.

And he did.

Sunderland fans will be hoping it was a sign of things to come as they look to kick start their Premier League campaign.

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