Moyes laments over “terrible” penalties after Capital Cup loss to Sunderland
Manchester United manager David Moyes admits his side lacked composure and were unable to impress against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup penalty shootout on Wednesday. The Old Trafford boss described his team as “terrible” in the penalties whilst also admitting that his side needed to improve their overall performance.
Sunderland will now be playing to win their first major silverware in almost 22 years. Sunderland lost 2-1 to Manchester United at home in the 120 minutes of football at Old Trafford, but due to an aggregate of 3-3 the match was set for a shootout.
Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones missed from the spot for Manchester United, but they weren’t the only sources of embarrassment. Adnan Januzaj and Rafael da Silva got their penalties saved by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Interestingly, the man who only recently joined Manchester United after a long break on the sidelines, Darren Fletcher was the only one who scored.
According to Moyes the players decided among themselves who would go out for the 12-yard shoot. However, the Scotsman stopped short of putting all of the blame on his players. Moyes said that due to the injury crisis at Manchester United the preferred penalty takers were missing from his team.
Michael Carrick had to come off because of an ankle sprain and Javier Hernandez picked up an injury in Manchester United’s second goal. Moyes claims he isn’t sure about the extent of their injuries, but is expected a full report on Thursday.
The usual kickers for Manchester United are Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Nani, but all three of them not in the squad because of injuries. Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young were in the squad, but both players were unused substitutes.
“We talked within the group and these were the players who chose to. As a team we made a decision together who would take the penalty kicks,” Moyes said. “Ideally, it wouldn't have been the group we had. Chicharito [Hernandez] would have taken a penalty but was injured and people like Michael Carrick would have been involved.”
Moyes admits Manchester United’s form was abysmal against Sunderland. The Scotsman claims he was disappointed with the result and the efforts of his team. Upon being questioned about who wanted to bring in the January transfer window Moyes refused to reveal any targets.
“We did not play well enough, we had the chances to put it to bed but didn't. I was disappointed, but we did not play well enough in the end,” Moyes added.