Yann M'Vila explains what is behind Sunderland’s poor start to the season

Sunderland have struggled to defend properly this season.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Yann M’Vila admitted that personal errors have been behind Sunderland’s poor start to the season, as they have two losses from two games.

M’Vila said: “For me, we made our own problems as a team against Norwich. There were too many errors and that gave the other team the chance to score. The manager has said our objective first and foremost should be to defend.”

Whilst Advocaat wants his team to defend properly, they have struggled to do so in the opening two games of the campaign.

Seven goals have been conceded, and individual performances have been far from the required level in the Premier League.

Younes Kaboul has been highlighted for his dreadful season, and his first two games as a Sunderland player, with his debut against Leicester being one to forget.

He looks off the pace, but there are other culprits who should take some of the blame.

Patrick van Aanholt was poor in the loss to Norwich, whilst Lee Cattermole has offered absolutely no protection from the midfield.

M’Vila has been brought in to provide added strength and cover to the midfield positions, and he put in an acceptable, if rather average performance against Norwich.

He, and all his new teammates, will need to improve if the Black Cats are to get out of their slump, otherwise relegation looks a real possibility this season.

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