Manchester United vs Sunderland, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

All eyes will be on Manchester United’s match against Sunderland in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup today given the news that Manchester United have placed a £35million bid for Juan Mata via a third party. The Chelsea midfielder didn’t train with Chelsea today, so eagle-eye viewers will be trying to see if Mata is in the stands, or if David Moyes will drop any hints about whether the deal is close to being finalized.

Of course, there’s a football match to be played between two sides that are one step away from a League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium against Manchester City on March 2. Will it be Sunderland or United that will be victorious over the course of the two legs today?

Starting line-ups: 

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Buttner; Januzaj, Carrick, Fletcher, Kagawa; Welbeck, Hernandez

Subs: Lindegaard, Evra, Jones, Cleverley, Giggs, Young, Valencia

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown, O’Shea (c), Cattermole, Colback, Ki, Johnson, Borini, Fletcher

Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Altidore, Giaccherini, Vergini, Ustari

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

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Manchester United vs Sunderland is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, 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.

WATCH: Sunderland defeat Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final 1st leg with a disputed penalty

Before, during or after today’s game, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

42 thoughts on “Manchester United vs Sunderland, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread”

  1. Enough of these pretenders in Miami!!!

    Will find a stream with an “authentic” commentary team

    BeIn still hasn’t learned.


  2. If Jozy Altidore ever wanted to make a big splash in England, now is the time with 25 minutes left at Old Trafford to grab a winner.

  3. Oh, Ray Hudson. I don’t think he knows the meaning of the words “magnificent,” “magical,” and “spell-binding.” Such pedestrian plays bring out such ill-fitting superlatives.

    1. Nope, beIN doesn’t operate in the UK. I’m just a naughty boy who has a subscription to their online channels via a DNS service so I have the best of both worlds. It’s nice being able to choose between them for commentary and/or studio guests etc. I have a TV subscription to Sky and BT as well, so I pay my way. beIN is handy for the extra matches that aren’t shown live in the UK.

  4. I thought peter drury was joking! He was correct. The rules of capital one cup are “joke” if this match was in uefa or fifa, then united wouldn’n have played extra time. Take away nothing its dream final! vs m.united 3.3.2014 super sunday. Its gonna be special day..

    1. You are kidding me, right? You’ve never heard of the away goals rule? Got news for you… it’s not just a League Cup thing… it also applies to other tournaments (even UEFA!). 5 minute footy fans should not mouth off in an open forum… it just makes you look silly.

      1. It seems like you’re the 5-minute footy fan who should not mouth off in an open forum because right about now you’re the one looking silly.

        The poster you replied to is well aware of the “away goals rule” as he perfectly noted that if this was a FIFA and/or UEFA competition (Club World Cup or Champions League for example), there would not have been extra time in the United/Sunderland game because the away goals rule is applied after the 90 minutes regulation, not after extra time like it is in the League Cup. That (applying the away goals after extra time rather then regulation) is what the poster and many fans of the game consider a joke.

  5. Hilariously most of the stadium emptied before they equalized gotta love the rag fans.
    Probably annoyed they will now miss their train to London.

  6. Sunderland deserved to win.. But how do Rafeal and Jones take kicks over Chicarito? Moyes is about to get roasted again.

    1. Hernandez was dead on his feet and limping at the end. Tired and dead legs make for bad penalties. Then again couldn’t be any worse than the other 4 misses.

  7. That had to be the worst penalty shootout ever. Only 3 out of 10 penalties scored.

    Sunderland played with more guts and deserved it over the two legs. United played on the counter attack a lot. At home. That’s terrible. Goes to show how quickly the mighty have fallen.

    Don’t count Sunderland out of winning the cup. They did beat City in the league in Poyet’s first game in charge. They will still be mighty underdogs but they won’t roll over.

    1. Sunderland didn’t let Altidore take a PK? He’s a striker, the manager should trust him a little if he plays him. It would also help his confidence.

  8. I don’t see how Sunderland “deserved” it. I’m happy because we would have been slaughtered against City and we would have gotten into the Europa league by making it into the Final regardless of win or loss assuming City is a lock for European qualification which they are. They worked so hard but were out played majority of the game. We had many more chances than they did to score and had good one on one opportunities to score.
    But Smalling should have been red carded for the challenge he made on Fletcher so in a way it evens out. I still think they were dominated for majority of the game and due to poor finishing and coaching they benefitedfrom. Why did Moyes sub off Kagawa for Valencia? For that we may never know.
    Congrats black cats it was a well fought game but you guys must have the unenviable task of beating Man City. Good luck

  9. dave thomas, london, moments ago

    BREAKING NEWS: Juan Mata has handed a transfer request in at Manchester United

    Got to give credit to this comment…quite funny!

    1. That is a riot, Marc, but I think Utd. might have actually been easier. Poyet has Sunderland playing with a purpose and passion that seems completely missing from Utd.

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