On any other year, arrival into the Capital One Cup final might not be a big deal around mighty Manchester United.
The so-called League Cup, as we know, is not the first, second or even third trophy pursued annually by the heavyweights of Old Trafford.
But now the wobbly giants cannot even get there!
Sunderland instead will move into the League Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium, having downed David Moyes’ men fell in a real scrap in Wednesday’s second leg semifinal. Sunderland prevailed in a contest that needed 120 minutes and a fairly inept set of penalties to declare a winner.
Sunderland will face Manchester City in the March final at the famed ground in London.
Having fallen in the first leg, 2-1, Jonny Evans got the goal that seemed to matter most for Moyes’ United, a first half strike that leveled the score on aggregate. Sunderland enjoyed a surprising amount of second-half possession and certainly threatened Manchester United goal a time or two, but could never get the breakthrough goal that would send them to London.
The 2-2 aggregate score sent Wednesday’s match into an extra 30 minute period that sprang amazingly to life right at the end.
With United poised to go through, Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley struck right at the extra time finish, due in great part to a David de Gea’s error, one that they’ll talk about for a while around Old Trafford. So, Sunderland would have gone through at that point, the Black Cats finding themselves in their first domestic cup final since 1992.
But Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored one of his biggest yet for the United, roofing a ball at the final whistle to send the match into a penalty kick tiebreaker (since both home teams had won, 2-1, the score was deadlocked even after the away goals rule.)
Both teams flubbed numerous chances from the 12-yard spot. When Sunderland ‘keeper Vito Mannone saved Rafael’s effort, United was sunk and Sunderland went through.