League Cup semi-final: Sunderland v Manchester United

Live text and radio commentary of the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final between Sunderland and Manchester United.

7 January 2014 Last updated at 18:25 GMT

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  1. 2210: 

    Strong words from David Moyes then, but perhaps tellingly a big smile on his face when he said he was feeling 'absolutely no pressure' ahead of the second leg.

    It's all set up nicely anyway, and there's another belter in store tomorrow when Manchester City face West Ham. See you there!

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    Arun in Watford, via text: I don't understand the people labelling United fans 'glory hunters'. If a top team suffers three successive defeats, any passionate fan is going to be annoyed with the team! You have to back Moyes though- a good manager doesn't become bad overnight.

    Harry, a United fan via text: I'd rather we finish in the top four then go around chasing cups this season. I've accepted we won't win anything this season and everyone that's blaming Moyes and his managerial skills you're absolutely right.

    Dave in Manchester, via text: Can't see any evidence of how Moyes got the job. Surely you have to demonstrate something exceptional to be United manager? Nothing persuades me so far.

  3. 2206: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "It is difficult we just need to keep going. We didn't do a lot wrong. I thought the referee was going to blow in our direction for the first goal. I couldn't believe he gave a free kick. It was a terrible decision.

    "We are all just laughing at them at the minute. We get a player booked for doing the same. It looks as though we are having to play them [officials] as well as the opposition at the moment.

    "I thought the players, our crowd were unbelievable, the players deserved to get a result. It's a two legged game and I am really looking forward to the second leg."

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    Jim Robert in Fulham, via text: At some point in the last 10-15 years, a decision was made that Utd was a "brand" not a football club. The academies of Southampton, West Ham (of course), Crystal Palace, and Everton have all produced more world class players than United. There's an argument that Fergie's whole career was made possible because he was lucky enough to arrive at the same time as the Golden Generation. Moyes arrives as the cupboard is bare.

    John, a United fan since the sixties, via text: History is repeating itself again, only the last time it was Wilf McGuiness was the manager, and it was the Villa who knocked us out in the semis!

  5. 2202: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says 'we just need to keep going' and is not happy with the free-kick that led to the first Sunderland goal. Or the penalty for the second.

    "We feel like we are playing referees as well as the opposition these days," he says.

  6. 2159: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd
    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's something very strange but with the way we are playing maybe, it is suited to playing against the big teams. It was a a very tight game, and sometimes a decision goes for you and you win the game.

    "We know it's not easy to beat Manchester United but now we go to Old Trafford with a lead. It's been a long time since we were in a final so we will try our best."

  7. 2159:  
    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerJoin the debate at #bbcfootball

    "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."

  8. 2155: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is understandably delighted as he faces the cameras. He says the game was tight and Adam Johnson made the difference.

  9. 2153: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland, meanwhile, have a massive game at the weekend when they face Fulham in the Premier League. Huge. Bottom plays 16th.

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    Phil Maher: This all just proves what we all knew anyway - most United fans are glory hunters who can't stand by their team.

    Alex Toleman-Edwards: Utd got away with average players because of SAF. No disrespect but most wouldn't even get a game for Southampton/Swansea.

    Akude Emeka O: Man United have lost three times in 2014 and we are only seven days into the year. Incredible.

  11. 2151: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd
    John O'Shea

    Sunderland defender John O'Shea, speaking to Sky Sports: "The players know we have plenty of quality, we just need to use it at the right times. On one-off occasions we have proved we are capable of doing it and we know we are good enough but good teams have gone down before.

    "A result like today though will go a long way to helping us because it shows what we can do and we have to build on it. But it's not over yet."

  12. 2148: 

    Goalless at the break after a cagy first half at the Mestalla. Valencia have just about shaded the opening exchanges, but the clearest chance of the first period fell to Atletico Madrid, when Raul Garcia stung the palms of Vicente Guaita with a rasping drive after a neat move by the visitors.

    Atletico striker Diego Costa is apparently wanted by a host of Premier League suitors, but if Jose Mourinho and co are watching, they won't have seen much to persuade them to part with their millions. The newly-naturalised Spaniard hasn't come close to adding to his tally of 23 goals this season against Valencia's resolute defence.

  13. 2147: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United have Swansea at home at the weekend, before heading to Chelsea on 19 January ahead of the second leg of this tie.

  14. 2146: 
    Leyton Orient

    Leyton Orient go second in the League One table after Scott Cuthbert added to Moses Odubajo's earlier strike to give them a 2-0 win at Shrewsbury. The win leaves them just a point behind league leaders Brentford, while the Shrews remain 17th.

  15. 2145: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    If that photo of David Moyes is anything to go by his post-match comments could be interesting. Stay put and we will bring you them shortly.

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    David Moyes

    Louis Fleming: With our current home form, another 90 minutes at Old Trafford might be a poisoned chalice...

    Steven Jerjian: Playing United after they'd lost a game used to mean suffering a backlash. Forget the trophies, it's their aura they're losing.

    Meg West: SLOPPY! It is so frustrating watching United at the moment. So little finesse and commitment in the final third.

  17. 2141: 

    That's three defeats in a row for Manchester United for the first time since May 2001, when Adnan Januzaj was six years old. No doubt about it, the youngster was the spark for United this evening.

    Will 2-1 be enough for Sunderland to make it to Wembley though? You'd still have Manchester United as favourites. Wouldn't you?

  18. 2140:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightFULL-TIME- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    "Sunderland put in a tremendous performance tonight. Everyone will talk about Manchester United and the players they missed but Sunderland did the job they were there to do. They played some very good football but Manchester United, other than Januzaj created absolutely nothing."

  19. 2138: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    There we have it, a cracking first leg is over and Sunderland take a narrow lead into the second leg at Old Trafford in 15 days' time. Ryan Giggs asks referee Andre Marriner long and hard about what I can only presume was the penalty decision.

    High up in the stands, Fergie puts his glasses in his case as Sir Bobby Charlton blows out his cheeks and shakes his head from side-to-side. Bryan Robson says nothing.

  20. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd
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    Ben in Kenilworth, via text: As a Derby County fan who went to every game of the 07/08 season. I think United's season is going rather well in comparison.

    Ned, a Cardiff fan, via text: Slightly worried we might lose Solskjaer to United already!

    John from Belfast, via text: Everyone is saying how long it took Ferguson to win a trophy but Utd had not won much immediately before he took over, this team lifted the premier league trophy 8 months ago? I think what's happening at Utd and Everton at the minute shows what an average manager David Moyes is.

  22. 2136: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is booked for some blatant, textbook time wasting. You know the drill, moving the ball from one side of the six-yard box to the other, respotting it, some Jonathan Trott style gardening...

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    Lee, a United fan, via text: United's problem is consistency just like it has been Liverpool's over the last few years. We need to stop chopping and changing and do what United do best and play some good attacking football.

    Sam in Bournemouth, via text: David Moyes' biggest problem right now is the fact that 99% of United's global fan base started supporting the club in the Ferguson era because they won everything. There aren't many who realise it took Fergie four seasons to win his first trophy. These 'fans' started supporting them for glory. Take that away and you get all of this whining.

  24. 2134: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland win a free-kick which does little other than kill some time, before Adam Johnson shanks a shot wide...

  25. 2132: 
    INJURY TIME- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    FIVE MINUTES added on...

    Gus Poyet cannot believe that!

  26. 2132:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    "I have looked at Manchester United tonight and, I know they have key players missing through injury, but other than Januzaj no one has looked threatening in that final third."

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  27. 2130: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Michael Carrick decides not to shoot on two separate occasions before feeding a pass into the path of Danny Welbeck, but Phil Bardsley slides in to dispossess him. A chuntering David Moyes looks a beaten man on the bench as he slumps into his seat.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United make their final change, as Javier Hernandez comes on in place of Antonio Valencia. Can the Mexican supersub do it again?

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    Oliver Silvester: Man Utd are used to success at every corner, so of course this is a bad season. Is it acceptable? No, not with their history.

    Oliver Tapper: branded as the next generation of bright English players... time to deliver in the big moments, step up Cleverley and Welbeck

    Peter West: I'm a United fan and I'm beginning to wonder why we got rid of Wes Brown and John O'Shea?!

  30. 2127: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland sit deep, maybe too deep for comfort, as Manchester United probe away 30 yards from goal. Marcos Alonso then makes a big clearing header to beat Darren Fletcher at the back post. Can Gus Poyet's men hold on?

  31. 2125: 
    LAST TEN- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Chris Smalling is booked for handball as we move into the last 10 minutes.

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    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Patrice Evra joins in on the act, shooting wide from 20 yards. Manchester United are not settling for a one-goal defeat going into the second leg...

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    Ian, via text: Re fitz 2111. You mention about the 3rd game in a row united have had a poor decision against them. What about the previous 10 years when everything has been given to them?

    James in Essex, via text: Dear Man U fans. You are not having a bad season. Your problems are that because you have enjoyed so much success for so long, you don't know how to react when you start losing a few games. I'm a West Ham fan, so I know what a bad season IS!

    Magnus from Glasgow, via text: Blame refereeing decisions all you want, but really United shouldn't have to rely on the ref. At the end of the day they are being outplayed by the Premier League's bottom team.

  34. 2120: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Adnan Januzaj again! Antonio Valencia beats his man down the right before putting over a low cross which Januzaj lifts onto the roof of the net from close range! Lovely touch, just too strong.

    About 12 minutes left...

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    Ridge: Crazy challenge from Cleverley. Sunderland were looking more dangerous and now I fancy them to score again, rather than concede.

    Craig Mills: I'm beginning to understand Liverpool fans' frustration during the Hodgson/Dalglish era, never thought I'd ever have to say that.

    Richard Powell: Who says Cleverley doesn't create enough goalscoring opportunities?

  36. 2118: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    If Manchester United do equalise, you'd back Adnan Januzaj to be involved, He has been at the hub of everything good tonight, swivelling nicely to fire Darren Fletcher's header wide from the edge of the box.

  37. 2118: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    What do we reckon then, are Manchester United heading for a third straight defeat? Or will they find a leveller?

  38. 2116: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    It is a Manchester United change, but not the most attacking one, Darren Fletcher is on for the last 15 minutes, replacing Tom Cleverley.

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    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    "Sunderland are in the driving seat because they have the lead but we know that United have the players who can change it in a second and they have a lot of quality on the bench."

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  40. 2113: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    We could have another injury problem here as Steven Fletcher sits down in the centre circle.

    And that is that, he is off and straight down the tunnel, with Jozy Altidore on in his place. Into the last 20...

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    Ade in Manchester, via text: DM's biggest mistake for me is to openly admit your team is not good. Statements like "we need world class players, or getting new signings in January would enable us to challenge for the title" are uncalled for. It doesn't breed confidence within players when you are made to realise you are rubbish and could be on your way out soon.

    A Liverpool fan, via text: Cleverley is clearly the future of Man Utd, I hope Moyes sticks with him for the next 10 years.

    Fitz, via text: It's the third game in a row that United have had a a poor refereeing decision cost them, it's scandalous to be fair.

  42. 2111: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Lovely from Adnan Januzaj again, cutting inside from the left wing and bending a rising shot beyond the far corner - but not far beyond. After a slow first half this one has come alive.

  43. 2110: 
    Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Fabio was dismissed at the weekend and Gus Poyet for one thinks his brother Rafael should have gone tonight. Cracking game now as both sides look for another goal or two. Adam Johnson has made a difference for the hosts, beating two men in a mazy run before firing way over the top from 25 yards.

  44. 2109:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    "What a cool head by Fabio Borini, Manchester United tried to put him off as they delayed the spot kick by saying the ball wasn't on the spot but it was a superb penalty. I don't think it was a penalty but they're at home and the linesman is closer than we are because we are about five miles away."

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  45. 2108: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd

    Ooh, Rafael is a lucky boy. The right-back was booked for his protests at the penalty decision and seconds after the restart he leaves a foot in on Fabio Borini, who makes a meal of his fall to earth.

    He could have been shown a second yellow there but referee Andre Marriner just gives him a final warning. Rafael then has a word in Borini's ear as Gus Poyet remonstrates on the sidelines...

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    Anonymous via text: I was a league match ticket holder at Man U for 5 years before Fergie came. I watched his teams for 3 years before I handed it back in in protest. That was the year Robins scored at Forest and from there on they never looked back. 20 titles. Forget Fergie. It's all down to me. Don't make the mistake I made. All you doubters stop criticising and get behind Moyes and your team. Man U always come good and Fergie had his lean times as well. Just look at his teams around the time he 'retired' the first time. Success has to be earned the hard way and that means both on and off the field.

    Gerry, via text: Let's get behind Moyes. Luck is not on his side at the moment but that will change and 4/5 good buys in the summer will put United back on top of the tree for years.

  47. 2106: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd - Fabio Borini (Pen 65 mins)

    He only seems to score big goals! Fabio Borini steps up to smash the spot-kick high into the roof of the net and put Sunderland back ahead.

  48. 2105: 
    PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    Penalty! The linesman gives it as Adam Johnson tumbles under a challenge from Tom Cleverley. Is there any contact? I'm not sure. I'm not sure.

    It's a very clumsy challenge though, Cleverley tackling with his backside...

  49. 2104: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    Great save! Sunderland's direct tactic pays off again as they win another header in the area, the ball breaks to a stretching Seb Larsson, who piles in a shot only to see David De Gea deflect away for a corner!

  50. 2103: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    It's one of the more bizarre cup rules that away goals only count after extra-time of the second leg in this competition. So maybe not advantage Manchester United just yet.

    And maybe not good news at all for them. Jonny Evans has limped off to be replaced by Chris Smalling.

    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    Phil Bardsley has had an eventful evening against his old club, and he is now in the book for a nibble on the heels of Adnan Januzaj as the youngster laid the ball off in midfield. The last thing Gus Poyet wants tonight is another red card.

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    Nemanja Vidic

    Ian Marks: That, children, is what is known as a 'proper Captain's goal' by Vidic.

    Thomas from Sterling: It's great to see Vidic back in the United side. An in-form Vidic could be the saviour of their season.

    Sophie Gayter: Just when I was questioning where Utd's leaders were today, Vida pops up with a captain's goal. Come on you red devils!!!

  53. 2059: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland go direct for the first time - and it works a treat! Big ball smashed up to Steven Fletcher, who wins a fine header to flick the ball on into the run of Fabio Borini, he moves away from Rafael before slicing a shot into the side-netting as Michael Carrick closed him down.

    That's got the home fans in singing voice again!

  54. 2058: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    Gus Poyet is quick to make a change, and it's former Manchester City man Adam Johnson who is thrown on in place of Emanuele Giaccherini.

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    Aaron Guy: RVP made the difference last year, the squad is just not good enough and yet Fergie did nothing, this is not Moyes fault.

    Kyle Barber: Difference for Utd this year is a basic lack of confidence - relying on a 40-year old and an 18-year old to create sums that up.

    Sam Robson: I disagree that Moyes tactics are negative, they're same as Fergie's but all but Januzaj lack confidence in the attacking third.

  56. 2056: 
    Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland have not ventured out of their half since the break, they are pinned back by an energised Manchester United side. Vito Mannone has not really been troubled yet though, although he does have to field a dipping shot from Adnan Januzaj as the youngster found a yard of space 20 yards out.

  57. 2054: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd - Nemanja Vidic (52 mins)

    Sunderland clear the dangerous free-kick, but not the following corner, which captain Nemanja Vidic wins with a towering header at the back post to thump in a leveller! Wonderful climb from Vidic, he beat two men to meet that one. Immediate response from United.

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    Alan in Manchester, via text: United fans need to get real. All football clubs suffer dips even the dreaded relegation. Just shows what a genius Sir Alex was. You have had it good for so long you expect success as a matter of course. Of course you can't.

    Cary in Orpington, via text: People seem to forget that Fergie had to bring Scholes out of retirement to win the league with this squad, that after signing Van Persie. It's a poor squad with those 2 missing, especially without Rooney. Our midfield problems have been evident for a long time, give Moyes a chance.

    Sean, via text: For me, Moyes has to go. Martinez is showing that Moyes didn't do a brilliant job at Everton and he's an average manager. On borrowed time.

  59. 2053: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United continue to attack down their right and Emanuele Giaccherini handles the ball as he challenges Rafael, and is booked. Free-kick in a dangerous area now...

  60. 2051: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd

    Wes Brown makes two fine clearing headers as Manchester United pump a few testing crosses into the Sunderland mixer, it could be a long half for the home side if they are to try and sit on a one-goal lead. There is a long way to go in this tie yet.

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    Dan via text: Moyes for United is like giving the chairmanship of BP to a forecourt attendant........ Failure!!

    Jambar (not a Man U fan!) via text: Loving this tonight, shame Fergie didn't retire 20+ years back. Comedy gold.

    Cameron from Newcastle, via text: You know Man Utd are in a state of crisis when you expect them to lose every game they play nowadays. But it's a crisis I believe Moyes will sort out in due time.

  62. 2049: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd

    No changes for either side at the break, but as you would expect the visitors have come flying out of the blocks, with Antonio Valencia busy down the right wing.

  63. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United's players were out a good three or four minutes before Sunderland and we are back under way...

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    Tom Worsley: I doubt it'll be the 'hair-dryer' from Moyes, it'll be a pale imitation of it. The 'Fan at the back of an old PC' treatment.

    John William Fuller: How many Liverpool fans are terrified, that they are going to wake up from what would probably be their greatest dream ever?

    Reuben Robyns: If Fergie time is where Manchester United normally win games, Moyes time is where Manchester United normally lose games.

  65. 2044: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd

    How can David Moyes turn this one around then? First of all, don't forget that this is the first of a two-legged semi-final, with the sides meeting again at Old Trafford on Wednesday 22 January.

    But if he wants to win this evening, he has the likes of Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagaw and Wilfried Zaha on the bench. Will we see one, two, or even all three of them in the second half?

  66. 2041: 

    In tonight's League One game, Leyton Orient are heading up to second in the table as they lead Shrewsbury 1-0 at the break thanks to Moses Odubajo's close-range finish.

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    Adnan januzaj

    Rinaldo Romeo Adams: Man United are playing with no drive/motivation.

    Neil Taylor: United have started brightly a lot recently but then go behind could be worrying now as they have to press the game.

    Mike McCoy: Moyes doing a fantastic job with United? Of course he is, so says every other teams supporter.

  68. 2038: 

    Has Ryan Giggs ever scored an own goal in his long and illustrious career before? If not, it's a landmark he could have done without. He had to make the challenge though, Phil Bardsley would have netted for sure after Wes Brown's smart ball across.

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    Thomas: It just gets worse and worse for Moyes. A barren season in terms of silverware beckons.

    Sham Gallagher: We knew it was coming. Sunderland stayed strong and patient. Excellent play from Sunderland to score.

    Dan Barton: @ManUtd same old story, can't create, can't score same old negative David Moyes.

  70. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd
    Sunderland v Man Utd

    Manchester United had more of the ball after Sunderland's bright start, but one good set-piece delivery was enough for the home side to take the lead.

  71. 2035:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 1-0 Man Utd

    "This time it was a very very good delivery from Larsson, it was a real striker's instinct from Phil Bardsley, he took a gamble and put United under pressure."

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  72. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd
  73. 2031: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Man Utd - Ryan Giggs OG (45 mins)

    The game needed a goal, and there it is! Seb Larsson whips in a free-kick to the back post, Wes Brown gets totally free at the back post to put it back across goal and Phil Bardsley stabs it in! On second viewing, was that a Ryan Giggs own goal? It was indeed, the veteran tackled Bardsley and steered the ball over the line from a few yards out.

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    Rich from Barry , via text: Anyone wanting Kagawa to start clearly hasn't seen him play in a Man U shirt because apart from one game he has been awful! Not even sure he is good enough for the bench on his current form.

    Mick the Red, via text: Re: Ray Hall This may not be Moyes' team, but it was a team good enough to win the title last year so why the need for excuses?

    A realist in the real world, via text: Re 1959 United fan in Birmingham; there's more chance of getting a ticket to Woodstock to watch The Beatles open for Elvis than United in top three.

  75. 2030: 
    INJURY TIME- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    One minute added on as Sunderland assistant Mauricio Taricco looks close to falling asleep on the bench...

  76. 2029:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    "Both teams have been excellent on the eye with some of the football that has been played, but football is all about goals and we haven't seen too many opportunities."

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  77. 2026: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Marcos Alonso has looked to be a real threat with his crossing ability but he is now showing that he is not the best defensively, as Rafael beats him for the fourth time in the last 10 minutes. His low cross is cleared, before Adnan Januzaj beats his man on the other wing and cuts the ball back towards Ryan Giggs.

    Wes Brown cuts that one out, and from the corner Nemanja Vidic heads wide. Closer...

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    Conor, a fed-up United fan in York, via text: Do any of these Man Utd fans actually watch the games? Hernandez can't control a ball to save his life and provides nothing to anyone around him whereas Welbeck can hold it up and do what Hernandez does. As for Kagawa I have seen nothing to persuade me he is a significantly better player than Cleverley who is arguably after Michael Carrick, United's best midfielder. There is a reason Welbeck and Cleverly played under Fergie and now under Moyes, so can we all, as Man Utd fans, get behind the manager and the team he picks like we did with Fergie, otherwise the club will not succeed.

    Shaun in Dronfield, via text: Who knows best? Moyes and Hodgson continue to pick Welbeck and Cleverley. Thank goodness they pick their respective teams and not the contributors on this forum.

  79. 2022: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Adnan Januzaj has the ball in the net - but linesman Peter Banks curtails the celebrations with an offside flag. Patrice Evra's skimming cross from the left is deflected out to Januzaj, his shot hits Ryan Giggs in the goalmouth, but drops back to Januzaj and he lashes in. Giggs was offside though and the goal is rightly chalked off.

    A flare is then thrown from the crowd and we have a small stoppage while it is cleared away.

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    Andrew Kemp: Seeing Man U play is like watching Scotland. You just know they are going to run hard and still lose. Trade Moyes for Phil Brown

    Richard Hann: If Moyes thinks this is the strongest 11 we have at the moment then the future is worrying. Is Zaha really not good enough?

    Eyobel Gomini: It seems like we can't even play football..the basics, movement, accurate passing..United look like a Sunday morning football team.

  81. 2018: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Adnan Januzaj is the game's outstanding attacking threat so far, drifting in from the left and curling in a shot which is heading toward the top corner until Phil Bardsley stretches to head away. Sunderland have lost that early zip.

  82. 2013: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Rafael weaves past Marcos Alonso and puts a cross over but it's well defended by Sunderland. United on top since that Giggs strike but no way through as yet.

  83. 2011: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United have found some life from somewhere, as Ryan Giggs drifts into space 30 yards from goal and crashes a rising shot against the crossbar with Vito Mannone floundering! Wonderful hit, it just took a slight deflection on the way. The visitors scent blood now...

  84. 2008: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    United on the attack, and Patrice Evra has a rush of blood to the head, tipping away a cross with his hand as he attacks the ball at the far post. Not sure what he was thinking there, but he is booked and it's a free-kick to the home side.

  85. 2007: 
    SHOWBOAT- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    This boy has really got it all - lovely feet from Adnan Januzaj as he spins out of a tackle, weaves past another and outpaces two more men before being fouled. Wonderful stuff, but his free-kick is poor, thumped halfway up the wall.

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    Jonathan Guckian: #MUFC fans singing for John O'Shea, great stuff. Was a solid player and loyal servant to the club for years!

    Michael Bracken: The attendance at Stadium of Light is an example of modern football! United at home in a semi final not a big draw anymore?

    Ray Hall: In Moyes we trust, Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Fergie's team, give him time and be patient, not his team yet.

  87. 2006:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    "You have to say Sunderland have been the best team so far. Manchester United have not settled yet, they can't seem to find any kind of rhythm and Sunderland have dominated."

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  88. 2005: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Say what you like about the pros and cons of the Manchester United midfield, but Lee Cattermole is bossing this game. Marcos Alonso flashes another fine ball in from the left after getting in behind Rafael, and the stretching Steven Fletcher is four boot sizes away from poking in the opener...

  89. 2002: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Danny Welbeck hits the target with a daisy-cutter from 25 yards but it's a routine stop for Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal and the home side look to counter quickly, Fabio Borini having the legs on Nemanja Vidic to keep a long ball alive and win a throw-in. United getting the run around in midfield at the moment.

  90. 2002:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    "How frustrating is it for Sunderland fans and probably Gus Poyet, their approach play is excellent, they are making the pitch big and passing it around well but they just need that cutting edge in the final third."

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  91. 1959: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    It's a cross-on-sight policy for Marcos Alonso at left-back for Sunderland as he whips in a second fine ball in the opening exchanges, Nemanja Vidic heads it clear and Seb Larsson laces a shot back in but Jonny Evans blocks stoutly. Gus Poyet looks happy enough with his side's start, and that's 15 minutes gone...


    Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere: Wish we were involved in this game tonight! Anyway fancy Sunderland! Playing well in this competition to this year!

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    David Moyes

    Caleb in Bristol, via text: Everyone is talking as if Moyes inherited the worst squad in the league. It is not the best United squad granted but last season they won the league and should have knocked out Madrid. They hardly lack quality.

    Kev in Oakham, via text: Moyes! How awful do Cleverley and Welbeck have to play before you realise that Kagawa and Hernandez are the better players!! Poor selections from what is unfortunately proving to be a poor choice of manager.

    United fan in Birmingham, via text: Still believe Moyes will do a good job at United, still expect us to finish in top 3 of PL .... and expect us to beat Sunderland and get to League Cup final.

  94. 1957: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    First solid move of the night comes from Sunderland. Fabio Borini links up neatly with strike partner Steven Fletcher, and the on-loan Liverpool man does well to spin away from Patrice Evra on the edge of the box and skim a low shot past the post from 18 yards. Nicely done, but David De Gea had it covered.

  95. 1956: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Phil Bardsley takes a whack to the face and maybe spits out a bit of his teeth as the Manchester United fans sing out in support of David Moyes. Ryan Giggs floats a nice pass over the top but Danny Welbeck can't gather it in.

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    Jonny Moffett: Sunderland don't reach too many cup semi finals, yet their stadium is half empty. Very disappointing effort by the Mackems.

    James Agar: Man Utd are never going to win anything with Cleverley and old man Giggs in their midfield.

    Edward Chikumbanje: Joel, the problem for Man U is not only the line up but also the manager. Poyet would win the league with the Man U 11.

  97. 1953: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Sunderland fans like their first glimpse of Marcos Alonso, as the debutant whips in a delicious early cross on the run. It was so good it caught Steven Fletcher by surprise, he was on his toes 15 yards out when the ball fizzed across the six-yard line. Encouraging though for the hosts.

  98. 1950: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone twice has the ball at his feet and is cool as you like, side-stepping Danny Welbeck and pinging a neat pass out wide as the Black Cats look to build from the back. Patrice Evra is able to smother the move down the flank though, in a high-tempo start.

  99. 1949:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    "Manchester United have started quite brightly, they have been in the Sunderland half a few times and they look confident in possession while Sunderland look nervous."

    Listen to full 90 minute commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  100. 1947: 

    There's a mouthwatering European clash later this evening as Valencia take on Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Valencia's new boss Juan Antonio Pizzi got off to a winning start at the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Levante, but the honeymoon period could be brought to a sudden end as they welcome cup holders Atletico for the first leg of their last 16 clash.

    Diego Simeone's side have been in sparkling form of late, winning eight of their last nine games and keeping pace with Barcelona in La Liga. All eyes will be on their strike force, as David Villa takes on his former side, and English fans may get a look at Diego Costa, whose remarkable tally of 23 goals this season has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League.

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    Josh in Todmorden, via text: The panic amongst United fans is astounding. The loss to Swansea might have been surprising, but Swansea are a great team. United aren't going to just rollover against Sunderland.

    Taj, via text: This club is going nowhere as long as the likes of Giggs keeps playing. 20 years ago he was a talented player...now he's the saviour of this central midfield?? The problems are right there...sentiment for a has been. He was not a central midfielder 20 years ago so why now??

    Joel, via text: Why is everyone being so pessimistic about Man U's chances? As a Sunderland fan, any of their first XI today would walk into our starting line up.

  102. 1946: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Adnan Januzaj has started wide on the left for Manchester United, with Danny Welbeck through the middle on his own. Ryan Giggs is the closest midfielder to him in the opening stages.

  103. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd

    Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck get the ball rolling - and we are off...

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    Paddy McAllister: Moyes should spend now on players, than fail to convince players to come in the summer due to no Champions League football.

    Lewis Borlase: Why isn't Moyes taking the league cup seriously, it could be their only chance to qualify for the Europa League next season!

    Martin Hill: I can see Man Utd qualifying for Europe this season via the Capital One Cup, or a fluke CL win in Lisbon.

  105. 1941: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Prokofiev's 'Dance of the Knights' rings out around a rapidly filling Stadium of Light, we are moments away from the players emerging. John O'Shea looks pumped in the tunnel.

    Here we go...

  106. 1939: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on Sky Sports:

    "We need to be at our best with the ball and fight to the end. It is a great opportunity for us to enjoy a game of football at this level.

    (It is a good time to play Manchester United?) "If you think about the results, probably, if you look at the team, then no. It will be very difficult for us and it is important not to give the ball away."

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    Yohan Cabaye

    Rian Hoskins: Man Utd should go for Cabaye, even though Newcastle are determined not to sell him. Cabaye would walk into the Man Utd team.

    Eaby Aire: Ivan Rakitic, Younnes Belhanda, Maxime Gonalons, Alex Song, that's four good and cheap improvements United could get this January.

    Paul Hirsch: For all the talk of chasing exotic midfielders, why not Modric or Mata? Or better yet, both!

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    Harrison: Not for the first time this season, why no Zaha tonight? Surely this is the perfect match to give him some minutes!

    Joe Wedgwood: How Tom Cleverley gets in ahead of Shinji Kagawa each week is totally beyond me. Sort it out Moyes!

    Chikeong Lok: With no Rooney can't understand why Kagawa isn't given a chance tonight in the No.10 role behind Welbeck.

    Kagawa and Welbeck
  109. 1934: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Manchester United manager David Moyes tells the TV cameras that he 'wants to win the game.' An upbeat Gus Poyet says United have named a strong team and it will be difficult. 0-0?

  110. 1933: 
    WHO'S THE NEW BOY?- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)
    Marcos Alonso

    Real Madrid to Bolton, to Fiorentina, to Sunderland.

    Marcos Alonso is a walking pub quiz question as he treads an unfamiliar career path. The left-back made 35 appearances for Bolton before leaving last summer and has arrived on loan.

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    Nathan Nicholls: Don't know which is more uninspiring, Man Utd XI or their subs.

    Sophie Gayter: For the first time ever as a United fan, I'm asking myself, why would any top player want to join United right now?? Crisis.

    David James Speight: Don't know why Moyes insists on being so negative, Carrick, Cleverley and Giggs. Give Kagawa a proper run of games.

  112. 1927: 

    There is a second leg to come at Old Trafford - on Wednesday 22 January - but who will the winners of tonight's tie face at Wembley?It will be Manchester City or West Ham, with the first leg of that one taking place at the Etihad tomorrow night.

    Are we anticipating a Manchester derby final?

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    Ben in Dubai, via text: I'll take winning the cup and winning a few games and scoring a sackful of goals in the Championship. Better than bottom feeding in the Prem :-)

    Marc Taylor in Sunderland, via text: As a 35 year old Sunderland fan I'd rather win the cup and be relegated as I've never seen us win anything in my lifetime.

    Rob in Newbury, via text: What strange comments. Are people aware Sunderland are bottom and have lost over half their matches, winning just three?

  114. 1922: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)
    Adnan Januzaj

    If there's one big, shining positive in Manchester United's season so far, it's Belgian/Albanian/English starlet Adnan Januzaj.

    The teenager is back in the starting line-up this evening on the ground where he marked his full debut with a brace back in October. More of the same would do David Moyes tonight...

  115. 1919: 

    There's one other game across our footballing radar this evening, as Shrewsbury Town take on Leyton Orient in League One.

    A win tonight would see the Orient move above Wolves and into second place as their fine season continues.

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    Andrew, via text: If ever a manager needed to win a 'lesser' trophy, and make a statement of intent, it's David Moyes in this year's League Cup. Manchester United fans across the world will be hoping that the 2014 League Cup will prove to be the same kind of turning point for David Moyes that the 1990 FA Cup was for Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Charles in Golders Green, via text: I'm very much a Moyes supporter, but what I can't understand are his claims that we deserved to win or get something out of the Swansea and, to a lesser extent, the Spurs game. Regardless of new signings, now is the time Moyes must earn his money by rallying the side. Two results before Chelsea away in a fortnight are a must.

    JJ in London, via text: The fear factor has all but gone at Old Trafford, and with no Rooney tonight to pull them through this one, Sunderland will make this hard work for United. They need a deep lying creative type. Realistically the likes of Cabaye and Dembele remain ideal targets this month.

  117. 1915:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of LightSunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    "It is easy to blame David Moyes but you have to remember that the partnerships around the park, which have been central to this team for many years are not there now. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are a partnership who have been so good for United and that's coming to an end, Ryan Giggs hasn't really been playing and Paul Scholes has retired and Wayne Rooney is missing too."

  118. 1912: 
    Sunderland v Norwich 1985

    Sunderland have made it all the way to the League Cup final once before, when they took on Norwich in 1985.

    Unfortunately for the Black Cats - or back then the plain old Rokerites - it was a double whammy of disappointment. First, Gordon Chisholm's own goal and Clive Walker's missed penalty led to a 1-0 win for Norwich at Wembley, before relegation from the top flight was confirmed a few months later.

    Stop laughing at the back, Norwich fans. Your lot went down too...

  119. 1912: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    I'd be lying if I said cup fever had hit Sunderland. There's maybe 100 fans in their seats half an hour or so before kick-off as Fatboy Slim pumps out of the speakers.

    Of course, the crowd could just all be sensible and huddling around a bovril in the concourse. Could get chilly tonight...

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    Saikat Nandy: I genuinely believe Man Utd can cause an upset tonight.

    Charlie Walker: Sunderland could easily get something out of this game. United are very vulnerable right now.

    Alon Nachshen: Let's hope we've been saving our form for the Cup rather than the League. We surely can't play poorly every game #hopefulfan

  121. 1906: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)
    Gus Poyet

    It was almost a 'vote of confidence' from the opposite dugout meanwhile as Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said he believes David Moyes is "still the right man" for Manchester United - but says he needs time to get things right.

    "It's difficult to feel it (the pressure Moyes is under), but you can see it and I don't think it's nice, I don't," Poyet continued.

    "But I am sure that David first is strong enough and good enough to do the job, and secondly, everybody knew that after Alex Ferguson, it would be very difficult, very difficult."

  122. 1905: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Borini, Fletcher, Giaccherini. Subs: Gardner, Johnson, Celustka, Colback, Altidore, Ji, Dixon.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Giggs, Januzaj, Welbeck. Subs: Smalling, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Fletcher, Kagawa, Buttner, Zaha.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  123. 1904: 

    Toni Kroos? At Old Trafford? Are you feeling alright Nathan?

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    Nathan in Oakham, via text: Moyes has to sign players or face mediocrity. Wesley Sneijder is ideal and clear out Nani, Evans, Anderson, Fabio, etc. Break the bank for Toni Kroos of Bayern. United's midfield has been dire since Keane left.

    Pete on the Wirral, via text: Is this Utd's best chance of Europe next year? Win it (or lose to City in the final) and they don't have to worry about fifth.

    Gareth in Fareham, via text: United are there for the taking at the moment. Sunderland need to seize the opportunity.

  125. 1902: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)
    David Moyes

    David Moyes was a man of few - but stirring - words ahead of tonight's game.

    "It has always been vital to get to every cup final I can," Moyes said. "I try to win all of them and I will try to win this one as well."

    Midfielder Darren Fletcher, who continued his comeback against Swansea at the weekend, was rather more passionate about tonight's match.

    He told MUTV: "If you can't lift yourselves for a League Cup semi-final then it's no good. We know it's a quick turnaround but we need to really put in a performance now and show people we are a good team and we are looking to win competitions."

  126. 1900: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Danny Welbeck leads the line for Manchester United then, back on his old turf where he enjoyed a successful loan spell in 2010-11. It's a very solid looking back five for the visitors too.

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    Peter Conlan: Koke, Marco Reus and Arturo Vidal. That would REALLY send a message. I don't think it's going to happen though.

    John Southworth: United need to get the big players fit and get in the Champions League before a major summer overhaul!

    Jim Atkins: United need a central midfielder who can pose an attacking threat to reduce opposing midfielders freedom to get forward.

  128. 1857: 
    TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    There are also seven changes for Manchester United, with right-back Rafael back from injury. Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley start in midfield, but there's no Wayne Rooney.

    United XI: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Giggs; Welbeck.

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    John Messe: Sunderland must be terrified. .....not.......for the first time Wes Brown and John O'Shea can say they left United for a better team

    Alex Graham: If Sunderland win their home leg they have a genuine chance of going through. They've kept crucial clean sheets already this season so it's not an impossibility.

    James Hollindrake: I can't see Man United winning tonight. At best a draw may be the best option to set up a good second leg.

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  130. 1851: 
    TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Ex-Bolton left-back Marcos Alonso makes his Sunderland debut as Gus Poyet brings back his first-team. In all, there are seven changes from the FA Cup win over Carlisle.

    Sunderland XI: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Giaccherini, Borini, Fletcher.

  131. 1849:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    If reading's too much like hard work for you, there is also full commentary of tonight's game on BBC Radio 5 live with Mark Chapman, John Murray and Chris Waddle.

  132. 1847: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Andy Cryer reports: "The League Cup suddenly takes on extra importance for Manchester United after their FA Cup hopes were ended at home to Swansea on Saturday, with them sitting 11 points behind Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

    "Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj scored twice on his full debut in United's 2-1 league win at Sunderland in October and has been one of the rare bright lights of their season so far.

    "Gus Poyet's Sunderland, bottom of the Premier League, have not beaten United for 20 matches but they have won all of their five home ties in cup competitions this season."

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    Chris McSweeney: The words "unbeaten" and "Manchester United" don't really belong together these days. Sad but true.

    Gavin Frater: As a Sunderland fan, I can't see us winning tonight so I'll have to be happy with my League cup semi and relegation!!!

    Chris Collins: I think that Sunderland and United will be tight and I'm predicting a draw tonight.

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  134. 1841: 
    RIO OUT- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    We should have team news for you any time soon, but one man who won't be playing is Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

    Rio is expected to be out for about two weeks with a knee injury after the former England centre-back, 35, limped out of Sunday's FA Cup defeat by Swansea and had a scan on Monday.

    He has suffered bruising but has not sustained any damage to his ligaments, as was first feared.

  135. 1838: 

    When you add up the possibility of an all-Manchester final, throw in the chance of an upset or two, chuck in a heap load of managerial pressure, stir in an injury crisis or two and season liberally with all the fun of an open transfer window, these League Cup semi-finals promise to make for a cracking couple of games.

    We are not short of discussion points, but let's open up with these:

    Who - if anyone - do Manchester United need to be signing this month? Who will they sign this month?

    And one for Sunderland fans, how important is winning the Capital One Cup? Are you bothered about the glory? The 'day out?' Or would it all be swapped for 17th place in the Premier League table come May?

    Let me know. You can text us on 81111 (UK Only) - with your names on there - or tweet us at the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  136. 1837: 
    HITTING THE JANUARY SALES?- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    David Moyes had a torrid summer transfer window at Old Trafford, failing with bids for a host of players before finally landing Marouane Fellaini just before the deadline.

    Fellaini's United career has yet to get going in all honesty, and Moyes did not sound too confident of adding to his side this month the other day...

    "We would like to bring people in but are those players available?" he said.

    "There is an urgency but there's no point in me hyping it up because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available in January."

  137. 1835: 
    THREE IN A ROW?- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    After defeats by Tottenham and Swansea, Manchester United are hoping to avoid a third defeat in a row at the Stadium of Light this evening.

    That simply does not happen at United - 2001 was the last time they tasted defeat three times on the bounce, and that was after they had already won the league.

  138. 1834: 
    Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    On the other hand of course, this trophy also represents Sunderland's best chance of ending the season with some silverware. Would they swap the trophy for Premier League survival? You bet.

    Is it worth winning anyway? You bet.

    Birmingham and Wigan have both gone down after scooping some silverware in recent years and Gus Poyet will be hoping to avoid the second part of that double this season. Can the Black Cats pull off a Cupset tonight?

  139. 1830: 
    WEMBLEY RETURN?- Sunderland v Man Utd (1945 GMT)
    David Moyes

    It was just 148 days ago that David Moyes led his new Manchester United side out at Wembley for his first meaningful game in charge of the Red Devils.

    Normal service was quickly resumed as Robin van Persie's brace saw off Wigan and secured the Community Shield to stick another trophy in the bulging Old Trafford cabinet.

    "I class that as another piece of silverware for Sir Alex Ferguson," said Moyes in the aftermath. "The ones going forward will be down to me."

    Five months on, Moyes finds his team 11 points off the pace in the Premier League, dumped out of the FA Cup by Swansea and in amongst the big boys in the last 16 of the Champions League.

    Suddenly this Capital One Cup is looking like his best hope of another trophy this season. Can Moyes go one step closer to Wembley with a win tonight?

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