Manchester United boss Moyes hopes for League Cup boost

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Pundits on League Cup semi-finals

Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg

Venue:
Stadium of Light
Date:
Tuesday, 7 January
Coverage:
Watch highlights on The League Cup Show on Wednesday at 2315 BST, BBC One.

Manchester United boss David Moyes wants to bolster his diminishing chances of a trophy in his debut season by reaching the Capital One Cup final.

Tuesday's semi-final first leg at Sunderland comes 48 hours after Moyes's side were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by Swansea.

United are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, but are still in the Champions League.

"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."

Moyes named a weakened team for their third-round tie against Swansea but it backfired as they lost 2-1 to Wilfried Bony's 90th-minute winner, their fourth defeat in their last six home games.

The United boss was without strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who are two of seven injured United players. The pair remain doubtful for the Sunderland game, as is defender Rio Ferdinand, who left the field with what appeared to be a knee problem during the second half on Sunday.

But Moyes left out Michael Carrick, David De Gea, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in anticipation of Tuesday's tie as he attempts to win the first major trophy of his managerial career.

Last season's Premier League winners have been beaten seven times in all competitions this term and are seventh in the table.

Should they beat Sunderland, United could yet face a final in March against rivals Manchester City, who face West Ham in the other semi-final.

Moyes also has a chance of progressing in the Champions League with United facing Greek team Olympiakos in the last 16 next month. But his side's current form does not bode well for the latter stages of the competition.

United midfielder Darren Fletcher said the Sunderland game was "massive" as the team attempted to overcome their FA Cup disappointment.

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."

United's FA Cup defeat was only their second at the third-round stage in their last 29 seasons in the competition. Former boss Sir Alex Ferguson's 26-and-a-half years at Old Trafford brought just one third-round defeat, a record that Moyes has already matched.

After losing to Swansea, Moyes said there was an "urgency" to recruit new players but he doubted whether the right ones would be available in the January transfer window.

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