Sunderland fans have been resigned to relegation under David Moyes for some time.

In fact, even when the then out of work manager took over, he immediately said that all the Mackems had to look forward to was a relegation struggle this season.

You have to say that at least he got that one thing right.

Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United was the seventh game without a goal and Sunderland have only picked up one point in their last 27.

Their only win in the last 16 games was a freak 4-0 away win at Crystal Palace, ironically the club where former boss Sam Allardyce has ended up.

Last May, the Sunderland supporters thought it was very amusing that Newcastle fans showed such love and support for Rafa Benitez despite him not being able to fix years of neglect in the space of just 10 matches, the Spaniard in charge as NUFC finally dropped once again into the second tier.

However, with Newcastle United on the brink of an instant return under Rafa’s superb management, the laughs on Wearside have now dried up completely, especially as the Mackems have a pretty miserable outlook.

Certain relegation, Defoe set to leave for nothing, and not even many saleable players to sell and invest the cash in a team to try and get promotion. To cap it all, David Moyes looks set to stay.

One-time Sunderland star Kevin Kilbane says he can’t help but compare Moyes with Rafa Benitez. Saying that Rafa so impressed the Newcastle supporters he created a real mood of positivity despite the relegation, whereas the Mackems have no affection for Moyes as he takes them down.

What a shame.

Kelvin Kilbane talking to BBC Sport:

“You could argue that David Moyes was just being realistic (already talking about possible relegation when first taking the Sunderland job).

“But he has not really done much to win the fans over with anything he has ever said.

“That is the biggest difference between his situation and that of Rafa Benitez at Newcastle after they went down last year.

“There was a real positivity about Benitez when he was appointed in March 2016 and then at the end of the season, the fans were right behind him.

“They were saying the club had to persuade him to stay and they did, now they are reaping the rewards.

“If David Moyes is going to turn things around, he needs to change the mood around the club, especially in the stands.

“I am quite surprised David Moyes is still Sunderland’s manager, but I think he should keep his job even if he takes them down to the Championship.

“I don’t think there is anything like the same feeling towards Moyes on Wearside as there was towards Benitez on Tyneside.

“When I listen to 606 on BBC Radio 5 live and hear Sunderland fans ringing in, there is no affection towards Moyes.”