Sunderland vs Manchester United
Capital One Cup, semi-final, 1st leg
Tuesday 7 January, 2014
19:45 KO (BST)
Stadium of Light (49,000)
“I would like to say it’s the nicest part of the season because the rest has been a nightmare with the position in the table, so let’s try to enjoy this one and go on and do something important for the club.” – Gus Poyet.
“We know what a final would mean to the fans. It would be great, speaking to them this week, I know they’d love it and fill Wembley. They come every week and have stayed behind us. It would be nice to give them something back.” – Wes Brown.
Starting XI from: Vito Mannone, Jordan Pickford; Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Andrea Dossena, Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Phil Bardsley, Ondrej Celustka; Jack Colback, Craig Gardner, Ki Sung-Yueng, Cabral, Lee Cattermole, Charalampos Mavrias, El-Hadji Ba, Sebastian Larsson, Emanuele Giaccherini, Adam Johnson; Duncan Watmore, Fabio Borini, Ji Dong-Won, Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore
Unavailable: Keiren Westwood (shoulder), Carlos Cuellar (hip)
Road to the semi-final:
Sunderland 2-1 Chelsea (quarter-final)
Sunderland 2-1 Southampton (4th Round)
Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough (3rd Round)
Sunderland 4-2 MK Dons (2nd Round)
Top scorer: Connor Wickham (2)
“It’s a League Cup semi-final, if you can’t lift yourself for that then it’s no good.” – Darren Fletcher.
“We will go there and try to get ourselves to the final. It’s always been vital to win every game and get to every cup final if I can, I’ve tried to in every one and I will try to do it in this one as well.” – David Moyes.
Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez
Doubts: Wayne Rooney (groin), Rafael da Silva (groin), Phil Jones (knee), Rio Ferdinand (knee)
Unavailable: Nani (hamstring), Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Ashley Young (shoulder), Robin van Persie (thigh), Fabio da Silva (suspension)
Road to semi-final:
Stoke 0-2 United (quarter-final)
United 4-0 Norwich (4th Round)
United 1-0 Liverpool (3rd Round)
Top scorer: Javier Hernandez (3)
Record at the Stadium of Light: P13 W9 D3 L1 F22 A9
Last five meetings at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland 1-2 United (05-10-13)
Sunderland 0-1 United (30-03-13)
Sunderland 0-1 United (13-05-12)
Sunderland 0-0 United (02-10-10)
Sunderland 0-1 United (02-05-10)
Referee: Andre Marriner.
In all competitions, the 43-year-old referee has taken charge of 21 matches this season, brandishing 71 yellows cards and 5 red cards. He has awarded 3 penalties in these fixtures. Was last seen by United fans in the 1-0 home to defeat to Newcastle back in December.
Assistants: Sian Massey, Peter Bankes.
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
United are unbeaten in 20 matches against Sunderland (all in the Premier League).
Sunderland have scored 10 goals on their route to the semi-final – with 9 different goalscorers.
United have yet to concede a goal in this season’s competition.
United have made the final 8 times, managing to lift the trophy on 4 occasions.
Sunderland have made one appearance in the final, finishing as runners-up to Norwich City.
United have conceded only 9 goals in 13 fixtures at the Stadium of Light, scoring 22.
United’s last appearance in the final was 2009/10 – the Reds lifted the trophy after beating Aston Villa 2-1.
United are unbeaten in 11 away games in all competitions – winning 7 and drawing 4.
Sunderland have lost just 1 of their last 7 matches in all competitions.
The last time the two sides met in the League Cup (Nov, 2000), Sunderland came out on top, winning 2-1 after extra-time.
Sunderland 18/15 Draw 14/5 United 8/11
Score prediction: Sunderland 1-2 United