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.

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