It never rains but it pours as the saying goes as David Moyes’ managerial reign enters a period where there’s even more questions to answer following two successive home defeats.
The first saw them fall 11 points off the pace in the title race after a defeat to Tottenham left them languishing in 7th place – followed by Swansea City dumping them out of the FA Cup.
Now Moyes faces yet another crucial phase in his season as his side are 180 minutes from booking their place in the first cup final of his tenure when they take on Sunderland in the Capital One Cup as he goes in search of his first major trophy.
Getting to Wembley, it seems, is becoming an even more essential objective this season in order for Moyes to establish his own winning mentality in what has been so far a miserable league campaign.
So with their Premier League challenge in tatters, dumped out of the FA Cup, and the Champions League inevitably being a tall order – though you’d be wise to not write United off in that competition given the form they’ve shown in Europe, the Capital One Cup has become the biggest opportunity for Moyes to lift a trophy in his debut season.
But it’s not just the first leg against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light that will be occupying that Scot’s mind. He has the opportunity to demonstrate he has learnt his lesson when he gets a chance to right the wrongs of the defeat to Swansea in the FA Cup, with the difficult task of visiting Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea - who have only dropped the two points at home so far this season.
This has now become the month to salvage something for Manchester United to perform their own rescue operation. Results are needed in the league – perhaps a minimum of four points from their next two matches and putting one foot in the League Cup final before the second leg at Old Trafford.
A good month this January could definitely give a brighter outlook, but it's off to the worst imaginable start.
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