Fabio Borini could remain as Sunderland’s central striker at Manchester United this weekend, while Lee Cattermole may also earn a recall at Old Trafford.
Sunderland were blown away in a 4-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City in the Capital One Cup last night, yet it was individual defensive clangers, rather than a lack of attacking potency which was the cause of the Black Cats’ downfall.
I will think about whether he stays there. Everyone deserves another chance, not just one.
Borini led the line for the first time since returning to Sunderland in a £7.75million deal last month, and responded with a lively performance, where he was unfortunate to see a goal ruled out for a soft foul.
And after leaving top scorer Jermain Defoe on the bench, Advocaat has hinted that Borini will get another opportunity down the middle at Man United, as Sunderland continue their search for a first Premier League win.
“I wanted to see Borini in the middle,” said Advocaat.
“I will think about whether he stays there. Everyone deserves another chance, not just one.”
Cattermole could also be one of those to benefit from last night’s thrashing after the midfielder came on at the interval and steadied the ship during the second half.
The Teessider has been on the bench for Sunderland’s last two Premier League games after an error-strewn start to the season, yet his performance did not go unnoticed by Advocaat, despite the scoreline.
“The way Cattermole came on in the second half was more promising than he did in the past,” said Advocaat.
“Aggressive but simple and you still need that.”
Far from being downbeat at the manner of Sunderland’s emphatic defeat, Advocaat was encouraged at the sight of more game-time for his rusty players.
And with Sunderland now out of the League Cup, Advocaat’s sights will return to ensuring the Black Cats can preserve their Premier League status.
He added: “I was pleased with the 90 minutes for (Adam) Johnson, (Ola) Toivonen, Borini (Yann) M’Vila and (Jeremain) Lens. That is important.
“I’m not negative.
“I said at half-time, that they have to show their commitment not only the team, but also as an individual.
“I was very pleased with what I saw in the second half.
“They worked very hard and the fans could see that by staying until the end.
“We know we need 40 points and now we have United and West Ham.”