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Sunderland boss has a go at one of his own players following loss to United

The Dutch coach was not happy with his team after they slipped to a fifth Premier League defeat.

Dick Advocaat shows his frustration on the touchline today.
Dick Advocaat shows his frustration on the touchline today.
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SUNDERLAND MANAGER DICK Advocaat was critical of his side, and Adam Johnson in particular, after watching them slip to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Black Cats remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with two points from seven games after a fifth Premier League defeat of the season and are yet to record a win.

Advocaat opted to replace Johnson at half-time with striker Steven Fletcher and explained why he had opted to take the 28-year-old off so early.

“Every ball he [Johnson] touched was wrong. Plus, [Fabio] Borini as a striker had problems keeping the ball, that’s why I brought on [Steven] Fletcher,” he told reporters.

“We have a lot of games to go but we have to think about how we change things in the squad, as players.”

Goals from Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata gave the hosts victory but the Dutchman says his side made life too easy for the Red Devils.

“We cannot keep saying every game that we take good things out of the game,” he added.

“We gave the game away in two minutes. Normally we give goals away at the beginning, but now at the end and at the start of the second half.

“You can’t do anything against a team like United at two goals down.

“The first goal, if you look at how we did there you are going to have problems. It was a long ball. Patrick van Aanholt is watching his own man rather than following the ball.

“You cannot let the ball go from that distance. The second goal was too easy, the third goal the same. We made it very easy for them.”

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