Man. United Out Of League Cup

Manchester United’s troubled season took another turn for the worse when they lost 2-1 to Sunderland in an error-strewn penalty shootout in their League Cup semifinal on Wednesday.
United looked to be heading for the final against Manchester City when they led 1-0 two minutes from the end of extra time before a dreadful error by goalkeeper David de Gea gifted Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley an equaliser.
Javier Hernandez’s dramatic intervention moments later gave United a 2-1 win on the night and a 3-3 draw on aggregate which sent the tie to penalties.
But to Old Trafford’s disbelief, England striker Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones and Rafael failed to convert their spot-kicks and it was Sunderland, who missed three penalties of their own, who scraped through to the March 2 showpiece at Wembley.
The outcome left David Moyes facing more scrutiny in his first season as United manager and under pressure to add to his lackluster squad in the January transfer window.
Media reports around kickoff time suggesting United were on the verge of buying Juan Mata from Chelsea for 37 million pounds ($61.4 million) were timely all round.
Asked if criticism of him and his players was fair, Moyes told Sky Sports: “It’s fair if you don’t win at this football club. I understand that”.
The Scot, whose side are seventh in the Premier League and in danger of failing to even qualify for next season’s Champions League, added: “David de Gea’s been very good this season. It happens (making mistakes) but that was a costly one.


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