24 Jan 2014

Manchester United's season goes from bad to worse

11:16 am on 24 January 2014

Manchester United's troubled season has taken another turn for the worse, losing 2-1 to Sunderland in an error-strewn penalty shootout in their League Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

United looked to be heading for the final against Manchester City when they led 1-0 two minutes from the end of extra time before a dreadful error by goalkeeper David de Gea gifted Sunderland an equaliser.

Javier Hernandez scored shortly afterwards to give United a 2-1 win on the night and a 3-3 draw on aggregate, which sent the tie to penalties.

United failed to convert three of their spot-kicks and it was Sunderland who scraped through to the final against Manchester City at Wembley in March.

The outcome leaves David Moyes facing more scrutiny in his first season as United manager and under pressure to add to his lacklustre squad in the January transfer window.