Danny Welbeck attacks the ball
Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj [Reuters] Reuters

Manchester United welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford for the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Manchester United are suffering a terrible run in 2014, losing four out of their last five matches in all competitions.

In their last Premier League fixture, they suffered a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. A hat-trick from Samuel Eto'o proved too much for the visitors as Javier Hernandez grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 78th minute.

The Red Devils' only victory this year came against Swansea City (2-0) in the league as Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck helped arrest their three-match losing streak on January 11.

David Moyes' side have conceded nine goals in their last five matches. The Glaswegian will be desperately rooting for his side to secure a win in the second leg as they look to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup.

The Black Cats secured their victory in the first leg at the Stadium of Light earlier in January. A Ryan Giggs own goal gifted the hosts the lead on the cusp of half-time, but Nemanja Vidic restored parity for the away side early in the second half.

A penalty scored by on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini condemned United to a defeat after Tom Cleverley was adjudged to have brought down Adam Johnson inside the box.

Fabio Borini
Fabio Borini [Reuters]

Meanwhile, Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four games out of which they've won three in all competitions. Gus Poyet's side will be oozing with confidence after recovering from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 against Southampton in their last league game at home last Saturday.

Sunderland were trailing as Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren gave the visitors a 2-0 lead but Borini pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute. Adam Johnson then grabbed his fourth goal in two matches, continuing his goal scoring form by firing past Artur Boruc to salvage a point for his side.

Poyet has warned United that his side will not pity their opponents and will go for the kill as they look to set up a feisty final at Wembley against ultra-clinical Manchester City who demolished West Ham United in the other semi-final recording magnificent 9-0 aggregate score .

What Managers Say

David Moyes: "It [Capital One Cup] was always massively important to us - we want to win every competition. Now we have to go out and produce the goods. We have to get to that final. We're going to go out and do everything we can to get through. I want to give the supporters something to cheer about."

Gus Poyet: "You don't get to a semi-final every year - sometimes not even in 10 years. We must go there and try to make sure we finish the job and put ourselves in the final. We must attack to create chances and score goals. If we score then it will be more difficult for Manchester United."

Team Form

David Moyes
David Moyes [Reuters]

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L L L
  • Last Result:Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W W W L
  • Last Result:Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

Team News

Manchester United

  • Injured: Nani (hamstring), Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Rio Ferdinand (knee)
  • Doubtful: Robin van Persie (thigh), Wayne Rooney (groin)
  • Suspended: Nemanja Vidic

Probable lineup: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Buttner; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia , Kagawa, Januzaj; Welbeck


  • Injured: Keiren Westwood (shoulder), Carlos Cuellar (hip)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable lineup: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Johnson, Larsson Sung-Yeung, Giaccherini; Borini, Altidore