It is fair to say that Manchester United were less than impressive when this weekend’s opponents Swansea faced them last weekend in the FA Cup.
As with most clubs the Red Devils fielded a second string side, but were also missing the likes of Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic due to injuries.
By the second half both sides were drawn 1-1 with United looking the most likely to score next until a rash tackle from Fabio resulted in him being instantly red carded and saw United down to 10 men with ten minutes left.
Swansea pushed ahead and their efforts produced a late goal seeing them progress in the FA cup and United knocked out at the final whistle.
The home supporters were left stunned and disappointed – a sentiment also shared by both the squad and increasingly unlucky manager David Moyes.
After such a poor showing and one less trophy to chase, United then travelled to the Stadium of Light to play Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.
Sunderland have had a horror show of a season sitting rock bottom in the Premier League so the Red Devils had a good opportunity to win back some lost pride with a convincing win.
Moyes’ men looked to be sinking further into despair when a Sunderland free kick resulted in a Ryan Giggs own goal just before half time.
When the teams returned United came out fighting. Tom Cleverley crossed the ball into the area from a corner and Vidic headed it into the back of the net to level the score.
Both teams were playing for the win and looked, unfortunately for United, quite evenly matched so it was frustrating when a challenge from Cleverley gave Sunderland a penalty and Fabio Borini converted it into a 2-1 lead for the home side.
United stepped up their attacks and The Black Cats made defending their top priority in an attempt to hold onto their lead. Ultimately Sunderland were victorious and have a one goal advantage going into the second leg.
This is United’s third straight defeat and will do nothing to silence their very vocal critics. Only a win against Swansea in the Theatre of Dreams will please supporters and hopefully start a run of good results!
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