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2 (1) vs 1 (2)
Played
January 22, 2014 10:45 PM EAT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 71019‎
 
37′ Jonny Evans
Phil Bardsley 119′
Marcos Alonso 120+5′ (PSO)
120+4′ (PSO) Darren Fletcher
Sung-Yong Ki 120+7′ (PSO)
Top of the Match
Vito Mannone
Vito Mannone
Sunderland
Adnan Januzaj
Adnan Januzaj
Man. United
Flop of the Match
David de Gea
David de Gea
Man. United
David Moyes
David Moyes
Man. United

Manchester United 2-1 Sunderland (1-2 pens): Rafael misses crucial spot kick to send Black Cats to Wembley

David De Gea produced a late howler before Javier Hernandez forced penalties but the hosts produced some terrible finishes and the visitors meet Manchester City in the final

By Jack Davies

Phil Bardsley; Craig Gardner Manchester United v Sunderland - Capital One Cup 01222014
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Vito Mannone proved to be Sunderland's hero as they defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford 2-1 on penalties to reach the Capital One Cup final.

The rumoured United target saved Rafael's crucial penalty in a dismal shootout which saw just three players find the back of the net after the hosts had won an incredible second leg 2-1.

Jonny Evans put the hosts ahead in the 37th minute with a header from close range, but neither side could find the quality to breach either defence thereafter.

With away goals not coming into force until the end of extra time in the competition, United were required to hang on to their narrow lead for an additional 30 minutes, but looked to be out when David de Gea could only shovel Phil Bardsley's strike into the net.

VIEW FROM OLD TRAFFORD
By Tom Maston
With little over two minutes of extra time left at Old Trafford, David Moyes would have been forgiven for looking forward to his first major cup final at Wembley as Manchester United manager.

But after a horrible error from his own goalkeeper and heroics from Vito Mannone, he must now reflect on a huge missed opportunity. His side really should have sewn it up before then, but their need for someone of Juan Mata’s ilk was shown up for all to see.

For Sunderland and their 9,000 travelling fans, a place at Wembley was great reward for two lung-busting displays across both legs, and they can rightly feel like they deserve their place alongside Manchester City in early March.

In a frantic last two minutes, Javier Hernandez then sent the tie to penalties from close range, but with both teams short of quality from spot, Mannone made the vital save to book Sunderland a spot in their first League Cup final since 1985.

Moyes made five changes to the United side that lost the tie’s opener, with Darren Fletcher and Hernandez among the players to come in, the Mexican denied early on as his headed effort from an Adnan Januzaj free-kick was palmed away by Mannone.

With chances at a premium, Fabio Borini lashed a speculative half-volley over, while Darren Fletcher hit the post at the other end, before Danny Welbeck’s follow-up was cleared.

But Moyes’ men were ahead moments later, as two former Sunderland loanees combined to level the tie. Welbeck flicked the ball on from a corner from the right, teeing up Evans to head home from inside the six-yard box.

Rafael went agonisingly close to giving United an aggregate lead four minutes into the second half, hooking a left-footed strike just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.

Januzaj was next to try his luck from distance, drilling just wide of the right-hand upright in the 55th minute, but both teams struggled to break down the opposition defence as the half progressed, with extra time looking an increasingly likely prospect.

Sunderland had cause to feel harshly done by in the closing stages of normal time when Chris Smalling escaped punishment for a tug on Steven Fletcher, before Marcos Alonso blazed narrowly wide of the right-hand post from a tight angle.

Bardsley looked to have sent Sunderland into the final when De Gea spilled his 20-yard effort into the net in the 119th minute, but Hernandez and Januzaj exchanged passes well before the former smashed home from close range to force penalties.

Alonso, Ki Sung-Yueng and Darren Fletcher netted in an otherwise dismal showing among the first eight spot kicks.

Adam Johnson appeared to have wasted Sunderland's chance to win as De Gea saved his effort from 12 yards, but Rafael saw the following spot-kick saved as Mannone earned victory for Sunderland, who now meet Manchester City at Wembley on March 2.



Man. United

1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
2.00
2
Rafael
Defender
130′
2.50
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
37′
3.50
12
Chris Smalling
Defender
2.00
28
2.50
16
Michael Carrick
Midfielder
95′
3.00
24
Darren Fletcher
Midfielder
124′
2.50
44
Adnan Januzaj
Midfielder
116′ 121′ 126′
4.00
14
3.00
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
37′ 122′
3.50
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
61′
3.00

Sunderland

4.00
25
Vito Mannone
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
2.50
5
Wes Brown
Defender
2.00
16
John O'Shea
Defender
93′
3.00
28
3.50
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
119′ 127′
3.50
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
129′
3.00
14
Jack Colback
Midfielder
3.00
33
Lee Cattermole
Midfielder
83′
2.50
9
3.00
31

Substitutes

13
 - 
3
3.00
4
Phil Jones
Defender
95′ 113′ 128′
2.50
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
 - 
18
Ashley Young
Midfielder
 - 
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
 - 
25
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
32
Óscar Ustari
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
27
 - 
7
3.00
8
Craig Gardner
Midfielder
83′ 110′ 121′
 - 
23
2.00
17

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Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
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  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
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  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Second Leg
Times In EAT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Negredo Negredo
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Lee Tomlin Lee Tomlin
Striker
Middlesbrough
5 2
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Man. United
4 1
Saido Berahino Saido Berahino
Striker
West Brom
4 1