Sunderland vs Manchester united
After being knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by Swansea City, Manchester United next faced Sunderland in the first leg of the League Cup two days later.
It was two home defeats in a row for the England champions and they were relieved to play away from home in this first leg of the semi-final.
With Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie both out with injuries, Moyes had a selection headache. De Gea, who was not available in their FA Cup defeat, was back and Rafael returned too after an injury. Veteran Ryan Giggs played on the wing just like old times and Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj made up the forward line.
Expecting to book a place for Wembley in the first leg only with a massive scoreline, Manchester United kicked off the match but things didn’t go as expected.
The Red Devils started the match with not the same aura that they had in Sir Alex Ferguson’s times. They missed some easy passes and failed to convert many of the given chances.
The scores were level at 0-0 and we were approaching half time when an own goal by Ryan Giggs handed the Black Cats a lead in the match just before half time.
After the break, United looked to change the scoreline and they equalised through a Nemanja Vidic header shortly after half time.
Manchester United started their attack after their equaliser. They heaped some pressure on the hosts with many shots in their penalty box and not giving them chances to score.
But Sunderland had a magnificent chance to grab the lead when Adam Johnson ran at Cleverley and was brought down on the edge of the box and the hosts were given a spot kick.
The penalty was converted beautifully as expected by Borini and United were sent trailing once again.
Adnan Januzaj had some beautiful curled shots and two of them came back after hitting the post. Luck was not in favour of this United side.
David Moyes has heaped a lot of pressure on himself with these defeats and he will be desperately hoping that Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney return to the squad as soon as possible for their next matches.