Manchester United's season of misery hit new depths as Sunderland won a slapstick penalty shootout to secure a Capital One Cup final place against Manchester City at Wembley.

Sunderland stood less than two minutes from Wembley when United keeper David De Gea hopelessly fumbled Phil Bardsley's shot in the dying moments of extra-time after Jonny Evans had earlier put United level over the two legs.

Poyet reflects on 'incredible' game

The Black Cats could not hold out and Javier Hernandez's goal seconds from the end spared De Gea but subjected Old Trafford to the drama of spot-kicks that almost descended into farce.

In a blizzard of wild misses and fine saves, only three of the 10 spot-kicks were scored.

Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones were off target for United while Sunderland's heroic goalkeeper Vito Mannone denied Adnan Januzaj and, crucially, Rafael, the stop that sent Gus Poyet's side to the final on 2 March.

Darren Fletcher was the only United player to score and Moyes once again cut a dejected figure as he walked off defeated at the end.

Before they could celebrate, Sunderland's magnificent 9,000-strong support suffered agonies of their own, with Craig Gardner and Steven Fletcher missing while Marcos Alonso and Ki Sung-Yueng scored before De Gea saved from Adam Johnson when he had the chance to seal the win.

Paying the penalty

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj missed a penalty against Sunderland
  • Manchester United have scored a total of four penalties in their last three shootouts.
  • It was only Man Utd's second defeat in their last 10 League Cup semi-final ties. They last lost at this stage in 2004-05 .

Source: Opta

Mannone had the final say against Rafael, sparking scenes of wild celebration among Sunderland's players and fans.

It was a triumph they deserved as their belief never wavered, even deep into injury-time, and a Wembley final will surely act as a tonic in their attempt to stay in the Premier League.

Before kick-off, Old Trafford was buzzing with the news of Juan Mata's imminent arrival from Chelsea - and a largely abject performance from Moyes's team was the perfect illustration of why United are prepared to break the club record transfer fee to land the Spaniard.

And now, barring the extremely unlikely event of this fading United side winning the Champions League, Moyes will end his first season in charge without a trophy.

United were again without injured Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie but they opened at a high tempo in an attempt to swiftly wipe out Sunderland's lead from the first game and Mannone was called into action to block Hernandez's header as he stole in on Januzaj's free-kick at the far post.

Sunderland , however, were solid and well-organised enough to give United an anxious moment in the 18th minute when Fabio Borini latched on to Johnson's fine pass and sent a spectacular volley inches over the bar.

Man Utd didn't play well enough - Moyes

The mood inside Old Trafford was one of growing frustration but this was eased when they finally broke through eight minutes before the break.

Sunderland had survived a scramble after Darren Fletcher headed Shinji Kagawa's cross against the post and Mannone blocked Welbeck's follow up - but they did not escape for long.

The Black Cats appeared to have justified appeals that a corner should not have been awarded and their pain increased when Evans escaped John O'Shea's attentions to turn in Welbeck's flick. Borini briefly appealed for offside but he was, in fact, the man playing Evans onside.

Johnson thought he had a chance to win it with 15 minutes remaining but his goal-bound shot, which would have given the Black Cats a 3-2 aggregate lead, was blocked by Alexander Buttner.

Sunderland were sensing the opportunity and Marcos Alonso gave De Gea a worrying moment with a powerful angled drive that flashed just wide of the far post.

Black Cats' joy

  • It is the first time Sunderland have reached the League Cup final since 1985, and will mark their first appearance at the new Wembley
  • Sunderland were backed by the largest away following in English domestic competitions this season, with 9,000 fans at Old Trafford

For all of Sunderland's effort, United had a big chance with the last kick of injury time after John O'Shea upended Hernandez, but Mannone dived high to his left to save Januzaj's free-kick.

This was a game of great endeavour but few clear chances and Hernandez wasted one of the few obvious opportunities by shooting wide from the edge of the area after an excellent chase and pass from Januzaj in extra-time.

Then came the drama of those final moments, when De Gea's horror moment looked to have put Sunderland through to Wembley as he completely misjudged Bardsley's tame shot and let it slip through his fingers.

Sunderland had two minutes to survive but it was beyond them. Januzaj at last picked the right pass for Hernandez to set up penalty kicks and The Black Cats' first Wembley final since 1992.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 02 Rafael
  • 28 Büttner (Evra - 85' )
  • 16 Carrick (Jones - 95' Booked )
  • 12 Smalling
  • 06 Evans
  • 44 Januzaj Booked
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 14 Hernández
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 26 Kagawa (Antonio Valencia - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Evra
  • 04 Jones
  • 11 Giggs
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 18 Young
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 25 Antonio Valencia

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 28 Alonso Booked
  • 33 Cattermole (Gardner - 82' Booked )
  • 16 O'Shea Booked
  • 05 Brown
  • 11 Johnson
  • 04 Ki
  • 09 Fletcher
  • 14 Colback
  • 31 Borini Booked (Altidore - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Larsson
  • 08 Gardner
  • 12 Celustka
  • 17 Altidore
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 27 Vergini
  • 32 Ustari
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 71,019

Match Stats

Shots

19 18

On target

6 1

Corners

7 12

Fouls

19 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

120:00 +6:08

Penalty Shootout ends, Manchester United 2(1), Sunderland 1(2).

120:00 +6:07

Penalty saved! Rafael (Manchester United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

120:00 +5:25

Penalty saved! Adam Johnson (Sunderland) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

120:00 +4:43

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Phil Jones (Manchester United) right footed shot is too high. Phil Jones should be disappointed.

120:00 +4:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2(1), Sunderland 1(2). Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +3:29

Penalty saved! Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

120:00 +2:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2(1), Sunderland 1(1). Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +2:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2(1), Sunderland 1. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +1:39

Penalty saved! Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

120:00 +1:09

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot is too high. Danny Welbeck should be disappointed.

120:00 +0:28

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Craig Gardner should be disappointed.

120:00 Penalty shootout

Penalty Shootout begins Manchester United 2, Sunderland 1.

120:00 +2:00

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

120:00 +1:50

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

120:00 +1:50

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

120:00 +0:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2, Sunderland 1. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

118:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Sunderland 1. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

117:23 Booking

Booking Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

117:19

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

117:19

Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

115:57 Booking

Booking Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

115:51

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

115:51

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

115:10

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng with a cross following a corner.

114:50

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Darren Fletcher.

112:55

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

112:23 Booking

Booking Phil Jones (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

112:11

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

112:11

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

111:34

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

111:34

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

111:25

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Danny Welbeck.

111:03

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

109:08 Booking

Booking Craig Gardner (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

109:01

Foul by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

109:01

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

108:56

Attempt blocked. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Manchester United 1, Sunderland 0.

105:23

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

105:21

Attempt missed. John O'Shea (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a corner.

104:54

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

103:19

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

103:17

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

102:18

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

101:47

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

101:47

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

101:04

Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj following a fast break.

100:21

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

99:22

Attempt missed. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

98:35

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Phil Jones.

96:57

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

96:57

Foul by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

95:04

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

94:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Phil Jones replaces Michael Carrick because of an injury.

94:08

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

94:08

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

90:21

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Manchester United 1, Sunderland 0.

90:00 +3:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Sunderland 0.

90:00 +3:30

Attempt saved. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +2:35 Booking

Booking John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:31

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

90:00 +2:00

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

90:00 +2:00

Foul by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

88:34

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jozy Altidore.

87:11

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Fabio Borini because of an injury.

84:54

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

84:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Patrice Evra replaces Alexander Büttner because of an injury.

83:28

Delay in match Fabio Borini (Sunderland) because of an injury.

83:26

Delay in match Alexander Büttner (Manchester United) because of an injury.

82:58

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

81:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Lee Cattermole because of an injury.

81:24

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

81:24

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:44

Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Phillip Bardsley.

78:49

Attempt missed. Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

76:49

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

76:49

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

75:19

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alexander Büttner.

75:16

Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Borini with a cross.

73:08

Foul by Alexander Büttner (Manchester United).

73:08

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:30

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

71:29

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

68:08

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia following a fast break.

66:14

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

65:20

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

65:20

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

64:54 Booking

Booking Fabio Borini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

64:48

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

64:48

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

64:03

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:03

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

60:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Luis Antonio Valencia replaces Shinji Kagawa.

59:48

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

59:48

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:36

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

56:36

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

55:23

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

54:31

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

53:26

Offside, Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.

52:39

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

52:03

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

52:03

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

51:18

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

50:50

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

50:27

Foul by Alexander Büttner (Manchester United).

50:27

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

50:03

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

50:03

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

49:08

Attempt missed. Rafael (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

48:38

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

47:40

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

47:40

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:59

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

45:08

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:08

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland).

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 1, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

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

45:00 +0:29

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

45:00 +0:29

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

40:33

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alexander Büttner.

40:29

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a corner.

40:04

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Rafael.

36:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Sunderland 0. Jonny Evans (Manchester United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Welbeck following a corner.

36:17

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj with a cross following a corner.

35:48

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

35:38

Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

35:37

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

33:08

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

33:08

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:12

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

32:12

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

30:59

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

30:59

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

30:22

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

28:15

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

28:15

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

27:42

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

27:42

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

23:44

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

21:42

Foul by Javier Hernández (Manchester United).

21:42

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:05

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

21:05

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

19:39

Attempt missed. Alexander Büttner (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

18:37

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

17:27

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

17:27

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:04

Hand ball by Javier Hernández (Manchester United).

12:22

Foul by Alexander Büttner (Manchester United).

12:22

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:15

Attempt missed. John O'Shea (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng with a cross following a set piece situation.

8:48

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

8:48

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

8:13

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Colback.

5:34

Attempt saved. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj with a cross.

4:49

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

4:49

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

4:34

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

4:34

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

3:43

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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