The Black Cats went into their first Premier League game of the new campaign under the guidance of new manager David Moyes for the first time, with the Scot looking to put his own stamp onto the team.
His starting XI included Donald Love, 21; Duncan Watmore, who is 22; and a young American midfielder named Lynden Gooch, who is 20.
Gooch was brought to the club from America and is thought to be one of the club’s more promising prospects, and he certainly put in a mature shift that belied his years at the Etihad today.
But, as you can probably imagine, the more immature onlookers couldn’t care less about his performance – and simply couldn’t get past his last name:
Gooch must be sweaty after that first half…… #SAFC
— Callum Davidson (@CallumDavidson6) August 13, 2016
There's a player for Sunderland with the last name Gooch. Unfortunate or what.
— Dan (@DF7CFC) August 13, 2016
Really hope there isn't a collision between Willy and Gooch. Nobody wants to see that.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 13, 2016
Gooch up against Willy at the Etihad. Could be an uncomfortable afternoon for Sunderland
— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) August 13, 2016
David Moyes picks Gooch in Sunderland's midfield. Not quite in the hole, just behind it.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) August 13, 2016
Only just realised that Sunderland player is called Gooch, HAHAHAHAHAHA
— Sam I Am, I Am Sam (@chap_sammy) August 13, 2016
Lynden Gooch's surname makes me laugh
— ㅤㅤ (@FutbolAlisha) August 13, 2016
No way there's a Sunderland player called gooch, fucking gooch?
— David Hammacott (@David_Hammacott) August 13, 2016
— Laura (@Lawrah86) August 13, 2016
You'd be a bit buried if your surname was Gooch
— Oli Henderson (@OliHenderson) August 13, 2016
I'd hate to smell that gooch who plays for Sunderland
— craig mcdermott (@craigmacca96) August 13, 2016
So immature, eh?
Although, to be fair, it’s hard not to crack a smile at some of those comments!