MANCHESTER UNITED’S RECENT woes continued tonight at the Stadium of Light tonight.
The Premier League champions lost their Capital Cup semi-final first leg away to Sunderland 2-1. It’s the first time in 13 years United have lost three games on the spin.
United were looking to bounce back from successive home defeats by Tottenham Hotspur, in the league, and Swansea City, in the FA Cup, but instead they lost again, and to the Premier League’s bottom side.
A 46th-minute own goal from Ryan Giggs saw the Premier League champions trot in at half time a goal down.
United centre half Nemanja Vidic levelled it up after the interval but it wasn’t long before Gus Poyet’s side again went ahead.
Tom Cleverley gave away a penalty and Fabio Borini blasted to the net.
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Having eliminated Chelsea in the previous round, Sunderland remain on course to reach a first domestic cup final since 1992, when they lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup final.
For United manager David Moyes, however, the gloom grows ever darker, with his hopes of claiming a piece of major domestic silverware in his maiden season severely compromised ahead of the second leg on 22 January.
- additional reporting AFP