Manchester United lost a third game in a row for the first time since 2001 as Sunderland took a one-goal lead into the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

Fabio Borini's second-half penalty, after Tom Cleverley was controversially penalised for a challenge on Adam Johnson, was the decisive goal.

Ryan Giggs' own goal in first-half injury time had put Sunderland ahead.

Nemanja Vidic levelled with a towering header soon after the restart.

But Sunderland earned their first win over United since 2000, a run of 21 matches, when Liverpool loanee Borini kept his calm from the penalty spot after substitute Johnson went down under Cleverley's challenge.

Moyes upset with refereeing decisions

United were furious with the decision but Cleverley's attempt to win the ball looked rash as Johnson cut across him, leaving United chasing the game ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford on 22 January.

The defeat deepens the woes of manager David Moyes after United's FA Cup hopes were ended by Swansea on Sunday, while their hopes of retaining the Premier League title appear to be disappearing, with leaders Arsenal 11 points clear.

United have won the League Cup three times in the past decade, in 2006, 2009 and 2010, but a premature exit this time around would leave them relying almost solely on the Champions League to rescue their campaign.

Analysis

"It's not fair to judge Moyes until he's had a decent crack of the whip in the transfer market. He knows the squad needs massively strengthening.

"He needs two full-backs, a central defender and at least two midfielders, all, needless to say, top class. It's not that easy though, not in January.

"Yes, they won the Premier League last year, but old guard are a year older. Opposition have upped their game. And the incalculable Fergie factor."

Sunderland's own cup form provides a welcome distraction to their perilous Premier League situation. Gus Poyet's men are bottom of the table but went into the tie looking for a sixth straight home win in knockout competitions this season.

The hosts' backline had a few familiar faces for United fans with Wes Brown and John O'Shea, who both made more than 300 appearances for the visitors, in the centre of defence and another former Red, Phil Bardsley, at right-back.

And, despite almost 18,000 empty seats at the Stadium of Light, they looked relatively untroubled until, out of the blue, Giggs saw a 20-yard shot cannon of the crossbar via a slight deflection after a driving run from the 40-year-old through midfield.

Adnan Januzaj, at 18 less than half the age of Giggs, scored both goals on his full debut in a 2-1 win at Sunderland in October.

He thought he had broken the deadlock for United when he calmly slotted home after his initial shot had been blocked by Giggs, only for the Welshman to be correctly flagged offside.

Johnson was outstanding - Poyet

Giggs' evening got even worse in first-half injury time when he diverted the ball into his own net as he tried to prevent Bardsley from tapping home, after Brown had volleyed Sebastian Larsson's deep free-kick back across goal.

Sunderland, losing League Cup finalists in 1985, were not ahead for long as Vidic towered above Brown and O'Shea to head Cleverley's corner into the net soon after the restart.

With the game swinging from end to end, Larsson's volley was parried away by United goalkeeper David De Gea before the hosts again took the initiative in controversial circumstances.

Referee Andre Marriner looked to have waved play on when Johnson tumbled under Cleverley's challenge in the penalty area but, after being advised by his assistant that contact had been made, he pointed to the spot. Borini made no mistake from 12 yards.

United poured forward unsuccessfully in a search of a leveller but, with away goals counting double after extra-time in the second leg, Sunderland will know a lot of hard work is ahead before they book their place at Wembley - despite ending United's seven-match unbeaten run away from home.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"We know how difficult it will be at Old Trafford. We know how good they are, but to have a chance you need to take advantage of the home leg. We scored the two goals to give us that little advantage.

"We are going to try and play our game at Old Trafford. It is not a bad result but of course it is going to be very difficult.

"The most important thing of the day is to have Adam Johnson back to his best, he will be crucial for us."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone Booked
  • 02 Bardsley Booked
  • 28 Alonso
  • 33 Cattermole
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 07 Larsson
  • 04 Ki
  • 09 Fletcher (Altidore - 72' Booked )
  • 23 Giaccherini Booked (Johnson - 56' )
  • 31 Borini

Substitutes

  • 08 Gardner
  • 11 Johnson
  • 12 Celustka
  • 14 Colback
  • 17 Altidore
  • 27 Ji
  • 48 Dixon

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 02 Rafael Booked
  • 03 Evra Booked
  • 23 Cleverley (Fletcher - 74' )
  • 15 Vidic
  • 06 Evans (Smalling - 61' Booked )
  • 25 Antonio Valencia (Hernández - 87' )
  • 16 Carrick
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 11 Giggs
  • 44 Januzaj

Substitutes

  • 12 Smalling
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 28 Büttner
  • 29 Zaha
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 31,547

Match Stats

Shots

9 16

On target

3 4

Corners

2 6

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 2, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +5:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +3:51 Booking

Booking Vito Mannone (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:28

Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Michael Carrick (Manchester United).

90:00 +1:16

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:39

Attempt missed. Michael Carrick (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Fletcher following a corner.

90:00 +0:14

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

90:00 +0:08

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Giggs.

89:19

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

86:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Luis Antonio Valencia.

84:09

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:44

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:44

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

82:39 Booking

Booking Chris Smalling (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

82:36

Hand ball by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

81:02

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:02

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

79:35

Attempt missed. Patrice Evra (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

78:01

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia with a cross.

76:41 Booking

Booking Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:30

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:30

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

75:53

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Fletcher with a headed pass.

74:47

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nemanja Vidic.

73:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Darren Fletcher replaces Tom Cleverley.

72:36

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

71:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Steven Fletcher because of an injury.

70:32

Delay in match Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) because of an injury.

70:08

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

70:08

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:04

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

68:30

Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

65:11

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

65:11

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 2, Manchester United 1. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

62:56 Booking

Booking Rafael (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

62:37

Penalty conceded by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

62:37

Penalty Sunderland. Adam Johnson draws a foul in the penalty area.

61:30

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David de Gea.

61:29

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Chris Smalling replaces Jonny Evans because of an injury.

59:18 Booking

Booking Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:04

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:04

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

58:07

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

57:14

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

57:14

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:22

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Fletcher with a headed pass.

55:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Adam Johnson replaces Emanuele Giaccherini.

54:39

Hand ball by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).

54:13

Attempt saved. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

52:05

Foul by Ryan Giggs (Manchester United).

52:05

Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester United 1. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross following a corner.

50:57

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Steven Fletcher.

50:13 Booking

Booking Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

50:02

Hand ball by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

48:13

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

48:13

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:20

Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:20

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

47:04

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:04

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +2:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +1:31 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ryan Giggs, Manchester United. Sunderland 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +0:43

Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).

45:00 +0:43

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:43

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:43

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

42:27

Attempt missed. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Giggs with a cross following a corner.

42:01

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

39:07

Attempt saved. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:27

Offside, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj tries a through ball, but Ryan Giggs is caught offside.

35:41

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:41

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

34:57

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

34:57

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:57

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:57

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

32:49

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

30:43

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

30:26

Hand ball by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

24:57

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

24:55

Attempt blocked. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

23:56

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

23:56

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:24 Booking

Booking Patrice Evra (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

23:22

Hand ball by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

23:10

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:13

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

22:13

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:50

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:50

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

17:42

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

14:46

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

14:46

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:40

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:16

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

13:16

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:59

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

9:48

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

8:32

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:32

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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