The two Manchester clubs are into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and have been kept apart meaning there could be a meeting in the final. Both of them will see it is an opportunity to land a trophy in their new jobs.
With both Manchester clubs appointing new managers in the summer, both of them are going to be eager to get their first trophy under their belts.
It just so happens they have reached the semi-final of the Capital One Cup – but have been drawn apart – but will it mean more to one manager than the other? Or will it mean the same?
For Manchester United and David Moyes, despite their league season being rocky so far they have been relatively successful otherwise. The important thing for Moyes will be that having followed a manager to who winning trophies was second nature, he will be desperate to establish himself as a winning manager at Old Trafford – and to silence critics over those who said him taking the Manchester United job was the wrong move given that he had spent 11 years at Everton without delivering any tangible success.
Given the longevity of his contract, even if he didn’t deliver a trophy this term, the knives are unlikely to be out for the Scot.
For Pellegrini, the pressure is different. When he was appointed he was given the objective of five trophies in five years though in the same article there was no mention of the League Cup. His objectives seem to be more related to the Premier League and the Champions League though he may feel that any kind of silverware in the cabinet will strengthen his position at the club.
Will he lose sleep if he doesn’t lift it? Doubtful, but he will be disappointed given that his side from here on in should be favourites to lift the trophy. Nevertheless, like the situation Moyes faces at United, it would put his mark on the club early on and some if any doubts about the manger will fade away.
Some may call it the Mickey Mouse cup, but it carries great importance for the managers of the two clubs. It’s hard to say who it is more important for, but given their current league standing, you’d probably suggest that Moyes needs it at the moment more than Pellegrini.
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