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Manchester United 3-1 SAFC: Player Ratings & Man Of The Match Poll!

Sunderland lost 3-1 today at Manchester United but put in a spirited performance for the most part - here's how we rated the lads. Vote for your man of the match in the poll at the bottom!

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Jordan Pickford - 7 (James' MOTM)

Excellent again, faultless for the goals left exposed often as Sunderland chased an equaliser in the second half.

Billy Jones - 6

Solid defensively in the first half, whilst producing some of Sunderland's more penetrative passes throughout.

Lamine Kone - 6

Loses marks for noticably giving up after the second goal. Although Mkhitaryan was offside he could and should have tracked him for the third goal.

Papy Djilobodji - 7

Arguably Sunderland's standout again, starting to show genuine composure and improved defensive awareness.

Patrick Van Aanholt - 5

Was uncharacteristically poor going forward, switched off and exposed defensively a few times much more predictably.

Didier Ndong - 5

Pressed well and was more composed in possesion, but loses marks for his awful ball which ultimately lead to Zlatan's crucial finish.

Jason Denayer - 7

Once again one of Sunderland's best players, great game reader who seems to be improving as a passer and creater in the middle of the park.

Sebastian Larsson - 5

Largely anonymous, unable to capitalise when trusted with crucial corners Sunderland were trailing 1-0.

Victor Anichebe - 7

Another game where the big man was Sunderland's most potent attacking weapon, terrorised Daley Blind, early if he'd buried his first half chance.

Fabio Borini - 6

Worked tirelessly tracking back in the first half, but was poor most of the 90 minutes in an attacking sense, hopefully that volley, will lead to improved attacking performances.

Jermain Defoe - 6

More of the same for Defoe, produced Sunderland's one moment of quality when the game was close, but largely fed off scraps, a younger man might have gone through on goal when he shot over early in the contest.

Wahbi Khazri - 5

Was brought on too late to make an impact, with retrospect deserved longer to impact the game.

Donald Love - 5

A strange late introduction from David Moyes, touched the ball maybe three times.