Under-fire Manchester United manager, David Moyes, insists he will not be treating tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final at Sunderland any differently even though his side was eliminated out of the FA Cup.
If Manchester United wants to win silverware this season, it appears that the League Cup is the club's only realistic chance to do so.
United are 11 points behind log leaders Arsenal and were eliminated out of England’s major cup competition, the FA Cup, at the third round stage for only the second time in three decades.
This means the pressure on Alex Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, has mounted higher. However, the Scot says United’s approach to the Sunderland game has not changed.
"Our approach to Sunderland had to have the FA Cup game in mind because it was two matches in 48 hours," said Moyes.
"It has always been vital for us to win every game and get to every final if we can.
"There is a job in front of us in every competition we enter. We have got to overcome Sunderland in a two-game match to reach the final.
"It will be a difficult game and difficult to judge exactly how the first leg will go.
"But we will try to get ourselves to the Cup Final if we can."
Moyes will be able to add some more experience to his starting XI. Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are all set to return for the trip to the Stadium of Light.
Question marks remain over the availability of Moyes in-form forward, Wayne Rooney, as well as the return of Robin Van Persie. Whilst Rooney could potentially push himself through tonight’s game, Moyes said on Sunday that he didn’t know when his Dutch key striker may reappear.
Both sides have met in the Premier League campaign already and it was United starlet, Adnan Januzaj, whose two first goals for the club saved a hard fought 2-1 victory.
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