Manchester United V Sunderland Is Exactly Why We Love Football

Manchester United V Sunderland Is Exactly Why We Love Football

If you weren’t tuned into Sky Sports 1 tonight then you missed out on one of the most exciting games of the year.

After defeating Manchester United 2-1 in the first leg of the Capital One Cup Semi-Final, Sunderland travelled to Old Trafford tonight hoping to seal their spot at Wembley.

It was a game many looked forward to – and they were not to be disappointed.

By Scott MacArthur – @scottmacarthur8

Manchester United needed to score more than one if they were to have any hope of progressing to face their city rivals in the final a nd Jonny Evans set them on their way with a headed goal in the 37th minute.

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And after a pretty dire second half where neither team could be separated, we were treated to extra time.

Javier Hernandez had the best chance of both teams although Sunderland looked pretty dangerous from corners and with one minute remaining of extra time, it looked as if we were going to see a penalty shoot-out.

We were wrong.

Ki managed to find Phil Bardsley on the edge of the box whose shot was hit straight at David de Gea … only for the Spaniard to drop a clanger in to the back of his own net.

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Bardsley and co celebrated in front of the Manchester United fans and David Moyes looked as if he had seen a ghost as his Manchester United team looked to be out of the final.

But they weren’t.

Only a minute later Manchester United broke up the park and Adnan Januzaj showed great composure as he squared the ball into the box for Javier Hernandez to rifle a side-footed effort in to the roof of the net.

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In remarkable fashion the game went to penalties where we would see another spectacle.

In probably the lowest scoring penalty shoot-out of all time Sunderland won 2-1 with Rafael, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Januzaj all missing from 12 yards.

It will be interesting to see what the next few days hold for David Moyes as the pressure continues to mount on the Scot.

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