Paul Scholes makes frank Dick Advocaat admission

Manchester United great Paul Scholes admits that he was not sure about Sunderland’s Premier League survival chances under Dick Advocaat.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted in The Independent that he was worried for Sunderland when Dick Advocaat was appointed their manager in March.

Advocaat was handed the reigns at the Stadium of Light in mid-March following the dismissal of Gus Poyet.

The Black Cats were 17th in the Premier League table at the time, just one point above the relegation zone and having won just once in 12 league matches.

The Dutchman has worked wonders at Sunderland over the past two months and has kept them safe in the Premier League.

Sunderland secured their survival in the English top flight with a goalless draw against Arsenal away from home at the Emirates Stadium in North London on Wednesday.

Former United midfielder Scholes is pleased to see Advocaat ascertain the Black Cats’ position in the Premier League, but he had conceded that he was not sure that he would be able to do that back in March.

“Well done to Dick Advocaat for keeping Sunderland in the Premier League,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Independent.

“I have to admit I thought that would be a job too far for him, but they have managed to go unbeaten in five games. It will be telling whether he wants to stay next season.”

Advocaat’s current contract with Sunderland runs out at the end of the season, and it remains to be seen if he is given a new deal.

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