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Louis van Gaal accepts unhappy truth as Wahbi Khazri inspires Sunderland

• Van Gaal cuts sombre figure as United slip up on Wearside
• John O’Shea: ‘It was a massive three points. We’re a lot closer to safety’

Louis van Gaal seemed strangely out of character. Chastened, resigned, humbled even, Manchester United’s manager cut a somehow diminished figure as he answered questions about his team’s latest setback.

Whether or not José Mourinho is to succeed him at Old Trafford, a coach who once revelled in being the Pep Guardiola of his day appears to accept the end-game has begun. Gone was the defiance, the bristling in the face of journalistic inquiries and, perhaps most startlingly, the old antipathy towards Sam Allardyce.

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Sunderland boost survival hopes with late win over Manchester United

As Louis Van Gaal trudged down the tunnel, colour draining from his face with every step, Wahbi Khazri offered Sunderland supporters a succession of thumbs-up signs.

The Tunisia playmaker – a £9m January buy from Bordeaux – had done more than anyone to not only subject Manchester United and their manager to another awful afternoon but offer Sam Allardyce genuine hope that relegation can be averted after all.

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Jordi Gómez and Danny Graham to the rescue as Sunderland gain fresh hope

• Win over Southampton keeps Black Cats in battle for safety
• Gateshead-born Danny Graham hails two-goal Gómez
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Dick Advocaat ‘very worried’ after Sunderland defeat by Crystal Palace

• Manager says ‘no chance’ of survival with more such displays
• Yannick Bolasie says Alan Pardew’s tactics worked to perfection

When Dick Advocaat entered Sunderland’s dressing room after the final whistle everyone’s eyes seemed fixed firmly on the floor. “It was very quiet,” he said. “Nobody spoke. That silence said everything.”

Advocaat is nothing if not self-assured but even he seemed disconcerted by his team’s surrender. How alarmed was he, someone inquired. A long pause followed. “Worried, yes,” said Gus Poyet’s successor. “Very worried. I believe we can survive but, if we carry on performing like this, then we have no chance.”

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John Carver warns Newcastle that they are not safe from relegation yet

• Manager fumes: ‘We were second best in every department’
• Carver: ‘We’ve got to start looking over our shoulders’
• Sunderland v Newcastle match report
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Jermain Defoe beats the torpor to give Sunderland win over Newcastle

Reminders of the old adage about form being temporary but class permanent can rarely have been more welcome.

A truly terrible game hit almost ridiculous lows before being rescued by Jermain Defoe’s sublimely brilliant volleyed winner. Thanks to a single swipe of the former England striker’s left boot, Dick Advocaat’s hopes of saving Sunderland from relegation increased appreciably as John Carver’s chances already slender chances of staying in charge of Newcastle United next season diminished further.

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Jermain Defoe beats the torpor to give Sunderland win over Newcastle

Reminders of the old adage about form being temporary but class permanent can rarely have been more welcome.

A truly terrible game hit almost ridiculous lows before being rescued by Jermain Defoe’s sublimely brilliant volleyed winner. Thanks to a single swipe of the former England striker’s left boot, Dick Advocaat’s hopes of saving Sunderland from relegation increased appreciably as John Carver’s chances already slender chances of staying in charge of Newcastle United next season diminished further.

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Gus Poyet struggles to keep control after wheels come off at Sunderland

• End-of-season exit likely after thrashing by Aston Villa
• Tim Sherwood confident of Villa avoiding relegation
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Gus Poyet takes responsibility after Sunderland loss triggers fan protest

• Manager fronts up after side lose 4-0 at home to Aston Villa
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Gus Poyet takes responsibility after Sunderland loss triggers fan protest

• Manager fronts up after side lose 4-0 at home to Aston Villa
• Police forced to intervene following angry demonstration by supporters

Gus Poyet was shocked by his struggling Sunderland side’s 4-0 surrender to a renascent Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light and concedes he is unsure of his immediate future on Wearside.

Although Sunderland remain just outside the Premier League’s relegation zone they have won only twice at home in the league all season and last collected three points when they beat Burnley back in January. In six subsequent league games Poyet’s players have scored only twice.

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Sunderland supporters vote with their feet after Aston Villa run riot

It did not get too personal and the boos were not as loud as they might have been but protests regularly prove as dramatic.The demonstration of discontent staged by Sunderland fans took the form of a major exodus, with a ground which, had been filled w…

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Sunderland supporters vote with their feet after Aston Villa run riot

It did not get too personal and the boos were not as loud as they might have been but protests regularly prove as dramatic.The demonstration of discontent staged by Sunderland fans took the form of a major exodus, with a ground which, had been filled w…

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Gus Poyet keeps Sunderland fans onside with welcome defeat of Burnley

• ‘The challenge now is to know we’re not OK,’ says manager
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Gus Poyet keeps Sunderland fans onside with welcome defeat of Burnley

• ‘The challenge now is to know we’re not OK,’ says manager
• Burnley’s Sean Dyche says he nearly omitted Danny Ings

A loose connection was fixed but no one is quite sure whether it will prove to be a patch-up job or a long-term repair.

More than 44,000 people turned out on a bitterly cold afternoon to watch Sunderland win only their second Premier League home game this season and they were clearly minded to forgive Gus Poyet months of cautious tactics and boring football.

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Sunderland’s Gus Poyet pleads for new personnel after Liverpool defeat

• Sunderland manager bemoaned his team’s lack of intelligence
• Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers advocates mid-winter break

The moment Gus Poyet had been waiting for arrived when someone asked why his players had “stood off” Liverpool. Surely, continued the questioner, Sunderland are synonymous with getting in the faces of their opponents?

“No,” said the manager, seizing an opportunity to drop his bosses a not so cryptic hint. “That was the characteristic of one Sunderland, the one with Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn. The rest of the teams of Sunderland did not have any characteristics. They were rubbish. They were playing for relegation and suffering. I am trying something but we are miles away to a point that worries me.”

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Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt repeats 1973 medicine for Leeds United

Shortly before kick-off several members of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup-winning team were presented to the crowd. The only shame was that Dennis Tueart, Jimmy Montgomery, Micky Horswill and friends could not remain on the pitch on a day when Gus Poyet’s class of 2014-15 rather huffed and puffed into the fourth round.

It was the first time Sunderland had been drawn against Leeds United in the competition since that momentous May afternoon at Wembley almost 42 years ago. This time Leeds were very much the underdogs and, despite protests to the contrary, the suspicion lingered that the Cup was neither side’s priority.

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Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt repeats 1973 medicine for Leeds United

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Hull’s Gastón Ramírez ensures Steve Bruce enjoys his Sunderland return

Steve Bruce can probably approach the new year with a measure of cautious optimism after Hull City won their first Premier League game in 11 attempts.

By way of added bonuses, this much longed-for victory not only came at the expense of the club which sacked him a little over three years ago but at the end of a week which saw Bruce’s assistant Steve Agnew defect to Middlesbrough and the defender Paul McShane air his grievances in public.

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Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole cleans up to keep Chelsea at bay

• Gus Poyet says Diego Costa ‘always close to the limit’
• Sunderland can make it hard for any team, says José Mourinho • Mourinho allows Chelsea to have Christmas party

If you take José Mourinho at face value the Football Association should probably issue Sunderland with parking tickets but Gus Poyet’s players deserve credit for a bit more than magnificently stubborn defending.

Chelsea’s manager conveniently ignored the reality that Sunderland created the better chances and, had Adam Johnson not missed an inviting late opening, would surely have beaten his side for the third time in a row.

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Arsenals Alexis Sánchez punishes Sunderlands defensive howlers

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