Sunderland vs Manchester United, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

Manchester United plays Sunderland in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final today at the Stadium of Light, giving David Moyes and his team an excellent opportunity to put the nightmare about crashing out of the FA Cup firmly behind them as the Red Devils aim to march on to their first piece of silverware.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live in the United States beginning at 2:30pm ET beIN SPORT and DishWorld

Starting line-ups:

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown, O’Shea (C), Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Giaccherini, Borini, Fletcher.

Subs: Gardner, Johnson, Celustka, Colback, Altidore, Ji, Dixon

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Giggs; Welbeck.

Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Hernandez, Fletcher, Kagawa, Büttner, Zaha.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Sunderland vs Manchester United is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website. Setup takes just minutes.

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19 thoughts on “Sunderland vs Manchester United, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread”

  1. It’s a strong Manchester United starting XI. Moyes isn’t attempting to rest players ahead of this weekend’s Premier League match, which is a smart move.

    Meanwhile, Sunderland have dropped Jozy Altidore to the bench.

    Should be a good match especially if there’s an early goal to open up the game.

  2. People actually enjoy Martin Tyler?

    He’s rambling about Poyet complaining about Giggs getting time and room, while Giggs’ shot slams against the crossbar. It’s these instances of lack of emotion that makes me not a fan. If I wasn’t watching and didn’t hear the ball off the crossbar, I’d assume Giggs just passed it off to some player. I hear more from the color commentator screeching about what just happened than Tyler.

  3. For me the strange is we are listening only peter drury no co-commentator for league cups all this season and the seasons past except the final.

  4. That was a really controversial penalty decision by the match officials. I didn’t see contact, but Cleverley definitely obstructed the Sunderland player’s run.

    Meanwhile, Rafael continues to be a liability for United.

    1. On closer reflection, I don’t think it’s obstruction but it does look like Cleverley fouled Adam Johnson just outside the box.

  5. Was a definite penalty. Moyes does it again he starts Valencia. I mean what has he shown to warrant treating Zaha like this? You reject the loan offers for him and yet you never play him? That’s plain stupid and unprofessional. The lad hasn’t been given a chance at all yet he plays Tony V and Young every chance he gets. Valencia is no good and is living in the 70s with the hairdo and style of play. Have we ever seen the guy shoot with his left foot or do a step over with both feet and not only his right foot. #ValenciaOut

  6. It all going bad to worse for david moyes. Three straight defeats less than week its really the time to say “i can’t do this job its bigger than me”. Iam so sorry mr moyes.

  7. Moyes is digging a deeper hole. In the post-match conference tonight, he blamed the referee decisions claiming that the first goal resulted from a free kick that should have never been a free kick. And then he said that the match officials “did it again” with the penalty.

    He’s stooping to new lows now.

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