David Moyes has lifted the lid on the where abouts of Vito Mannone from the Everton game.
As the returning Pickford seemed to walk straight back into the first squad, but the puzzle was Mannone did not even make the bench.
Moyes confirmed that the big Italian was in fact ill, as was defender Jason Denayer, Vito’s replacement Pickford looked less confident at first but grew as the match went on. But when asked if Pickford would have started automatically even in Vito was available. But the Sunderland boss wasn’t biting to the leading question and replied with “That is my decision.”