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After the Red Devils' third-round exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea City, the midfielder admits that there is more pressure to succeed against Sunderland

Darren Fletcher admits that Manchester United's Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland has become "a massive game" after their FA Cup exit on Sunday.

A 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford saw the defending Premier League champions knocked out of the cup at the third-round stage for the second time in five seasons, heaping further pressure on manager David Moyes.

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Scotland international midfielder Fletcher made only his second start after recovering from ulcerative colitis but was unable to inspire his team to victory and moved to apologise to everyone connected with the club for another disappointing display.

"We are away to Sunderland and we've got to recover quickly and lift ourselves," he told the club's official website. "That's a massive game now.

"We have to raise our performance level.

"We feel like we've let the manager, fans and everyone down."

United travel to the Stadium of Light of Tuesday for the first leg of the semi-final before the return match in Manchester on January 22.

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