Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Zenden: We Could Have Beat Devils

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Zenden: We Could Have Beat Devils

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Byline: LUKE EDWARDS

BOLO Zenden has never been more disappointed with a draw against Manchester United as Sunderland's club captain insisted the Black Cats gave the Premier League giants a torrid time on Wearside, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Zenden (left) has had his fair share of triumphs over the Red Devils in a club career which has taken him to Chelsea, Middles-brough and Liverpool, as well as Barcelona, but was as impressed by Sunderland's performance as he has been with any previously in his glittering career. The 34-year-old has rarely seen a Manchester United side as outplayed as this one was at the Stadium of Light, particularly in the first half, although the former Dutch international also warned Sunderland have to maintain these standards in far less attractive fixtures or they will not go anywhere this season. "It is a strange thing to say when you have played Man United that you feel you have lost two points rather than gained one," said Zenden, who started on the left side of midfield in the absence of Danny Welbeck. "If you look at the game, especially the first half, it would not have been a surprise if we had scored first and gone on to win it. "We knew they would come out better after the break, they were not going to let that happen for two halves. You are not going to keep Man United away from your goal for 93 minutes, but their threat was minor for us. "I believe we have improved this season. But these games against United, Arsenal, and Liverpool, everyone is fired up for a big game, it is easy to turn up. "When you play the other teams, that is when you have to perform, dictate the game and make sure you are on top. "When we play teams in and around us we have to do what we did against Manchester United. "It is definitely something to work on. We have Blackburn next and we have to show we really are different this season. "It can be a rollercoaster ride here, like when we lost to West Ham in the Carling Cup. …

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