Manchester United knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea City
David Moyes’ maiden season at Old Trafford continues to be a testing one as the Red Devils were beaten by Swansea City on Sunday afternoon, meaning the Capital One Cup is realistically the only piece of silverware that United can win this season.
January 5th, 2014
The champions of England were warm favourites to beat their Welsh opponents on home soil, although goals from Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony sank Manchester United, with Javier Hernandez equalising for the Red Devils before Bony’s late winner.
Defender Fabio was also given a red card for a dangerous lunge towards the end of the match, with supporters flocking from the ground after Bony had latched on to Routledge’s cross and produced a bullet header to delight the visiting supporters.
Rio Ferdinand also picked up an injury for United who were missing Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie from the starting line-up, with Moyes now hoping that his team can produce an improved performance at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
The Capital One Cup tie against Sunderland takes on an added importance, with United struggling badly to stay in the Premier League title race and the prospect of this team winning the Champions League looks to be a remote one.
While Moyes might have claimed after the match that his team didn’t deserve to lose, it will be scant consolation for supporters who have seen their side regularly beaten at Old Trafford this season, with Swansea joining Everton, Newcastle, West Brom and Tottenham as teams who have left with a victory this term.