Red Devils' boss wants team to put the loss to Swansea behind them when they take on Sunderland in tonight's League Cup semi-final
Manchester United will turn to the League Cup to salvage their desperate domestic season when they visit Sunderland tonight for the first leg of their semi-final.
Man United manager David Moyes
Having fallen 11 points off the pace in the Premier League, United saw another potential route towards silverware curtailed on Sunday when they were stunned 1-2 at home by Swansea City in the FA Cup third round.
Although United remain in contention in the Champions League, the League Cup now represents their best hope of rescuing a trophy from a campaign that threatens to turn into an outright disaster.
An extra incentive is the fact that derby rivals Manchester City are their most likely opponents in the final, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side due to host West Ham United in the first leg of the other semi-final tomorrow.
United manager David Moyes reached just one major final in his 11 years at Everton, losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup in 2009, but with Wembley Stadium now within sight again, he has urged his players to roll up their sleeves.
United’s Shinji Kagawa (left), Tom Cleverley (centre) and Javier Hernandez react after the defeat against Swansea City at Old Trafford. Pic/Getty Images, AFP
“If you lose games at any club, it’s always difficult. At Manchester United, it’s even bigger,” Moyes said after Wilfried Bony’s 90th-minute header earned Swansea victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“But that’s the job. We’ll get on with it, we’ve got a big game coming up on Tuesday, and we’ll get the team ready for that.”
Sunderland are at the bottom of the Premier League table, but they had gone four games unbeaten prior to losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.
They also enjoyed victory in the FA Cup on Sunday, winning 3-1 at home to third-tier Carlisle United to set up a fourth-round tie at home to either Kidderminster Harriers or Peterborough United.
“We are going to become a cup team,” joked Sunderland manager Gus Poyet after the win against Carlisle.