The newly appointed Manchester United manager hasn’t had the start he’d have hoped for at Old Trafford, having seen his side struggle to contend at the top of the league in this opening half of the season.
However, despite feeling the pressure as his side find themselves outside of the European places, the Scotsman will do himself a world of favours if he can win the Capital One Cup.
The Red Devils have played a lot better in the Capital One Cup, having knocked out an impressive Liverpool side and two other Premier League opponents in Norwich and Stoke. The fans at Old Trafford will be hoping for some silverware if they don’t see their side qualify for the Champions League this season and the Capital One Cup could well be their best chance to add to their trophy cabinet.
More to the point, United as a club need to win trophies no matter where they finish in the league. Similar to what the Anfield faithful had to go through, where they had to witness their club re-shaping after falling down the pecking order in the Premier League, United may have to rebuild.
Failure to finish in the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League will mean that financial income will have to come from elsewhere – adding to the idea that the Capital One Cup is a must win for David Moyes and United if they are to continue their dominance.
Having been drawn against Gus Poyet’s Sunderland side, Moyes will be fancying his chances of reaching the Final, having beaten the Black Cats once already this season. The return of Robin van Persie will be a massive boost for the fans too, as well as their side’s recent run of good form.
A result in the first leg at the Stadium of Light would put United in a very strong position, going to Old Trafford as even stronger favourites. The only worry for David Moyes is a potential Manchester derby in the final, where the fans will be hoping they don’t see a repeat result of that in the league – seeing their side losing 4-1.
The Capital One Cup would also give David Moyes that first taste of success as United manager, which could prove to be a huge contribution to his long-term triumphs at the club. With Sir Alex Ferguson reminding the fans to back his successor, David Moyes will be hoping he can start his first season with success, giving himself and the club a platform to build on for the future.
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