Manchester United manager slams terrible penalties as Sunderland reach Capital One Cup final
A pulsating semi-final second leg clash at Old Trafford ended with Sunderland booking their place in the League Cup final thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory after the match had finished 2-1 following extra-time.
January 23rd, 2014
Former United defender David Bardsley had appeared to have won the tie for the Black Cats before Javier Hernandez forced a shoot-out, although four different home players were to miss from the spot, incurring the wrath of David Moyes.
Jonny Evans had given United the lead during normal time, with Danny Welbeck turning a corner into the path of the central defender, although the Red Devils were unable to build on their goal and the game went into extra-time.
Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones and Rafael da Silva all failed to convert from the spot, with Darren Fletcher the only player to find the net and Moyes was left puzzled by his player’s failure to score along with the fact that Antonio Valencia and Patrice Evra had passed up the opportunity to take a penalty.
Moyes said: “We hadn’t played well enough tonight to merit going through, but we were getting through, we had defended well enough to see the game out. It changed and credit to the lads for getting the goal [from Hernández] to get us back in the game, but we didn’t play well enough and Sunderland came and deservedly got themselves in the final.
“The bigger disappointment was how we played. Of course, you would expect a better standard because, don’t forget, there are a lot of internationals out there. We wanted to score a second goal and had quite a few opportunities to score it.
“In the end, I just don’t think we got the level of performance we needed to go through the game. If we had got through, I would have been disappointed with the performance, but I’m doubly disappointed that we haven’t got to the final. But it went to penalties and our penalties were terrible.”
Manchester United will now almost certainly end the season without a trophy, with the Premier League out of reach and the prospect of winning the Champions League looks to be a remote one.