If I had the choice of starting with the 10 men that were listed without Drenthe or just Drenthe on his own I would go for the latter!that Neville Johnny centre mid is anti football!Johnny is so much better at centre half, would sooner have kept him there, bought Gueye or Barkley in and left Distin on the bench
The thing is, Sunderland with a lot of confidence, new manager and a crowd that will be right behind them will be a tough test. Not only with the way they play but also the way the crowd will get behind their team, after ours and after the ref. Players like Distin and Cahill will know how to deal with it far better than Barkley or Gueye. I think if we battle it our early on, quieten their crowd then that is our best chance.
Horrible looking line up but I guess Moyes feels the best to handle the situation and most reliable in terms of making it difficult for them. Plus Barkley and Gueye look knackered after playing 20 minutes so almost pointless starting them. And also Cahill has a great record against Sunderland, their fans always moan that he always scores against them so maybe he thinks, and more importantly Timmy may think, this will be the day the goal drought ends.
Not ideal but not much we can do given the lack of squad and injuries.