Wilko: Like watching the tide come in

Last updated : 01 January 2003 By Black Cat

"I wasn't concerned until the 80th minute, then they started to get behind us and put dangerous crosses in," said the Black Cats boss.

"After that it was like watching the tide coming in. There is not a player in the Manchester United side who cannot do something for them in attack.

"You can't look at anyone and say 'let them have the ball'. They have such drive and determination."

Wilkinson now has the task of raising the team for the FA Cup tie at Bolton this weekend, in what could prove a confidence boosting win against one of Sunderlands relegation threatened rivals.