We need to keep fighting - Sunderland forward Victor Anichebe

Craig Pawson was wrong to dismiss Sebastian Larsson for his challenge on Ander Herrera during Manchester United's win over Sunderland on Sunday and it was a decision that demonstrated how confused referees are about whether any studs-up tackle now merits an immediate red card.

The Sweden global was dismissed just before half-time for a challenge on Ander Herrera with the Black Cats 1-0 down. Do I think he's ready to play 90 minutes? No.

■ Stoke keeper Jack Butland, who had three ankle operations after an injury on England duty, made his comeback for the Potters' Under-23s last night after 13 months on the sidelines.

He was never one of life's optimists, but Moyes has seemed particularly miserable since returning to the Premier League as Sunderland manager.

Straight-talking Victor Anichebe has labelled season-long strugglers Sunderland too naive in their battle against the drop. We gave away a lousy goal and that I believed we needed to get a good deal closer.

Publicly, he refuses to accept that relegation is an inevitability but the club are already planning for Championship life and a manager assured he will remain in post next season intends to overhaul the squad by recruiting largely British players, preferably trailing north-east roots.

"What I will say is this has really split people, and if you showed it to 18 referees then nine would go red and nine would go yellow". Do I think he could play part of the game?

Crucially, they were still in the match, but it changed when they went down to 10 men, with United extending their lead within 45 seconds of the second half, through Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Moyes' guys have now failed to score in their last seven Premier League matches plus they're 10 points from safety with seven matches to go, as well as the former United boss wasn't pleased with Larsson's red card. I was at the Burnley game and had a word with David afterwards.

"The hardest thing as a manager is losing and we're losing a lot".

"I had a word with David afterwards and I wouldn't say he was resigned to it, but there was an air of inevitability around the Stadium of Light", added Reid.

While they are undoubtedly talented and technically gifted players, they might come unstuck against some good old-fashioned grit (or "Britishness", if you want to take Moyes' line).

"We keep fighting and keep going". But he (Larsson) gets the ball, he touches the ball.

Whatever division they are in next season, Sunderland will also need some new signings who will come in and make an instant impact.

  • Angelo Rivera