Man United 2 Sunderland 1
Manchester United needed to overturn a narrow 2-1 defeat when they took on a confident Sunderland team at Old Trafford in the second leg of the League Cup Semi Finals on the 22nd of January 2014. The Red and White Army had to make do without the physical presence of the suspended Nemanja Vidic who had been ordered off during an action packed 3-1 Premier League defeat against bitter adversaries Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just three days earlier, and to the despair of the Old Trafford faithful, The Red Devils suffered yet another blow as they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by The Mackems who won 2-1 on penalties to reach the final at Wembley Stadium where they would take on Manchester City, who had seen off West Ham United in the semi finals. Manchester United started the match well enough and went into the lead as Northern Ireland international defender Jonny Evans headed home a flick from Danny Welbeck from close range eight minutes before the sound of the half-time whistle. Phil Bardsley eventually equalised for The Black Cats thanks to a dreadful mistake by Manchester United custodian David de Gea after 119 minutes, but The Reds managed to restore the lead when goal specialist Javier Hernandez converted a dangerous low cross from exciting young flank forward Adnan Januzaj to make the score 2-1 to the home side two minutes later in the match. With the aggregate scoreline even, the League Cup Semi Final Second Leg fixture went into a penalty shootout where South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng hit the winner for Sunderland. Following the encounter against the Tyne and Wear club, Manchester United boss David Moyes admitted to the press that he was bitterly disappointed with the result. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Jonny Evans, Alexander Buttner, Rafael, Chris Smalling, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Valencia, Ashley Young, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs. Sunderland Team: Vito Mannone, Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Marcos Alonso, Ki Sung-Yeung, Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher, Fabio Borini. Substitutes: Oscar Ustari, Emanuele Giaccherini, Ondrej Celustka, Santiago Vergini, Craig Gardner, Seb Larsson, Jozy Altidore.