DAVID Moyes’s last visit to the Stadium of Light back in April was a losing one – the first time the then Everton boss had ever lost to Sunderland in his managerial career, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
Five minutes into the weekend’s clash with the Black Cats, his first as Manchester United boss against Sunderland, he was behind again after Craig Gardner’s opportunist strike gave Sunderland a shock early lead.
But there was no sinking feeling in the Scot’s stomach, no fear that United’s poorest league start to the season since the 1989/90 campaign was about to get any worse.
“I always felt pretty confident,” said Moyes.
“I thought it was just a really good performance from us overall.
“Even at 1-0 down, we played some really good stuff – although we made a hash of it for their goal – and I was pretty confident at the break.
“We deserved to be down early on because we defended poorly and we could have been 2-0 down but for a wonder save.
“But that would have been unfair on us because we dominated the game and, at half-time, I was happy with the way we played.
“I felt that if we played to the same tempo, with a bit more precision, we would go on to win.
“So I was pleased with the victory but not surprised, because I know the quality that we have in the dressing room.”
United have class all the way through their big squad.
That is what allowed them to overcome the challenge of playing a midweek Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine three days before their return to Premier League action.
Moyes made four changes without affecting the quality of his side, which included a full debut to match-winning teenager Adnan Januzaj
“He’s a real player and I had planned to put him even earlier in the season because he has been so good it has been hard to leave him out,” Moyes revealed. “I think he’s going to be a great talent.
“I remember giving Wayne Rooney his debut at 16 and Ross Barkley his debut at 17, so Adnan is an old man by those standards!
“But he is certainly a player in that category in terms of quality.
“His performance was superb, not just his goals but his passing, control and movement.
“We will keep his feet on the ground, although he’s a very humble boy as it is.
“We know we have a really exciting talent.”