Poyet has faced criticism from Sunderland fans because of his willingness to make excuses for defeats, but he shouldered responsibility for the side's loss to United.
The Uruguayan admitted that he left his substitutions too late at Old Trafford and, although it exposed an error he made, these comments are actually likely to win him more supporters at the Stadium of Light.
“We needed to make sure we improved a few things in the second half, but we didn’t and that’s why we needed to make a change," he admitted. “I left it too late."
Poyet wrote an open letter to supporters where he promised to take more blame for their results, and it seems that he is intending to be true to his word.
Ultimately, it will be results that will save his job, but this is a step in the right direction for most Sunderland fans and should buy him some more time.
Poyet has pointed the finger at the media and the atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light for Sunderland's poor form this campaign previously, but he is clearly more willing to blame himself now.
At the moment the Black Cats are three points above the Premier League drop zone, but they will need to raise their standards soon if they are to climb away from trouble.