Last night Sunderland played host to Manchester United in the Capital One Cup, also known as the League Cup, and caused a massive upset. The Black Cats, who currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table and will struggle to not get relegated, managed to seal a rare semi-final first leg victory over Manchester United, the Premier League Champions. The final score ended up to be 2-1 in favour of Sunderland after they took the lead on two different occasions to send their home fans going crazy, and the United fans in absolute despair.
The first leg between Sunderland and Manchester United was a wonderful contest between two Premier League clubs who both needed the victory for completely different reasons. The Red Devils needed the win as this could well be the only piece of silverware they have a chance of winning, considering they are underperforming in the Premier League and other competitions. Sunderland needed the victory to attempt to spark some sort of form and confidence so they can not only apply it in the League Cup, but also in the Premier League.
Sunderland have never managed to win the League Cup whilst Manchester United have claimed the silverware on 4 different occasions. Nevertheless, the underdogs now have the advantage of going into the second leg at Old Trafford with the first leg victory, but it is never easy playing at Old Trafford and they will be up against a frustrated United squad. It is down to United manager David Moyes to make his team believe that they can dominate the second leg as they will need at least a 2 goal victory to go straight through to the final, without extra-time or penalties.
However, Moyes has made it public that he believes the referees have been against him and the Red Devils saying his team are “playing referees as well as the opposition.” Manchester United are not the same team as they were since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager and this was shown in the match against Sunderland, which included a Ryan Giggs own goal. Tonight, the other side of Manchester, Man City will play in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at the Etihad Arena against West Ham, who are also struggling in the Premier League.
Author Daniel Foster.
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