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WATCH Sunderland Defeat Manchester United In League Cup With Disputed Penalty [VIDEO]

tom cleverley foul WATCH Sunderland Defeat Manchester United In League Cup With Disputed Penalty [VIDEO]

Manchester United lost their third match in a row after Sunderland defeated them 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg. The defeat will only pile more pressure on United manager David Moyes even though United have an opportunity to still advance to the Capital One Cup final depending on their result in the second leg of the semi-final, scheduled for Old Trafford on January 22.

Sunderland won the match through a Ryan Giggs own goal on the stroke of half-time, and a disputed penalty that was scored by Liverpool forward Fabio Borini who is on loan at the Black Cats. Nemanja Vidic pulled a goal back for United near of the beginning of the second half, but ultimately the performance was below par yet again for Manchester United. Sunderland defended well and were able to limit the Red Devils to just the one goal, that was scored from a corner after Vidic headed the ball into the back of the net.

Moyes will feel particularly hard done by after seeing a replay of the penalty incident, which seemed quite harsh on United. With Adam Johnson running toward goal, Tom Cleverley appeared to make contact with the Sunderland winger on the edge of the box, with Johnson then proceeding to fall into the area. The assistant referee indicated it was a foul, and referee Andre Marriner then awarded the spot kick to Sunderland. Much to the delight of Liverpool supporters, up stepped Fabio Borini to win the match for Sunderland.

Watch the penalty incident here:


Borini by goalsandmore

What’s your opinion? Was the penalty decision a correct one, or did the match officials make a mistake? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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14 Responses to WATCH Sunderland Defeat Manchester United In League Cup With Disputed Penalty [VIDEO]

  1. Paul says:

    Looked like a pen to me. Got none of the ball. Maybe just outside but the contact continued into the box.

  2. Aaron says:

    Harsh? Cleverly stuck swept his leg into Johnson and caught his leg right on the line. Clear penalty. Maybe you’ve been conditioned by the spate of wrong non-calls over the last couple of weeks but it’s about time a referee got one right.

  3. Ianor says:

    Well i looked again and again the officials got this one wrong. i still have doubt was it the outside box or inside the box? my conclusion was slightly out side. Its really harsh for united and moyes now the pressure piles, what lies a head for him and united. The champions are crumpling..

  4. Proud Eurosnob says:

    Look on the bright side, Man U still has a shot of winning the UCL. (looks the other way)

  5. Steve says:

    Why did Rafeal get booked?

  6. Jim says:

    This is one where some officials call it a foul while others don’t. It was the linesman that called it as he was closest to the play. United will feel it was a harsh decision while Sunderland will feel it was a good decision. At the end of the day you have to get past it and continue playing. United didn’t show enough to warrant winning this game.

    2-1 is not a score that United cannot overcome especially if Rooney and/or RVP are back for the return leg in 2 weeks.

    • Mark Williamson says:

      I don’t think the decision was harsh. However the way I look at it is that you have one of the newest and biggest divers on United’s team. His name is Januzaj. Man U. fans are critical of something that their own team is guilty of.

  7. Flyvanescence says:

    Definitely a foul. Not definitely inside the area.

    Therefore i feel a penalty was harsh, but hey, Lets All Laugh at Man United!

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    This is getting out of control. Blame the players, blame the botched summer signings but at some it has to about the manager. He is failing at his job, plain and simple. If guardiola had started like this at Bayern would he still be there now? Would Abramovich have tolerated this from Mourinho? Of course not, they would be gone. Something is broken at Man Utd. Only when Moyes is gone will the truth come out. Decisive action is required. Get rid of him and appoint Giggs to the end of the season.

  9. Patrick says:

    Looks like someone took some acting classes. I’d spot the ball on edge of the box at worst…

  10. Dan says:

    Hats of to Sunderland they deserved it. Moyes is showing a real lack of class in the post game interviews brings a bad light on the club. He doesn’t have the record like Fergie to say the things he’s been saying. Do what Fergie disbarred the Robbery againstvReal Madrid and don’t go to the interviews at all.

  11. Mark Williamson says:

    Yes it’s a penalty. Some refs would say it is maybe some would not. The one running the show is the one that counted and he gave the penalty.

  12. let DAVID MOYES sign midfielers and defenders man u is lacking now

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