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Manchester United were defeat 2-1 by Swansea City in the FA Cup on Sunday, exiting the competition after a late winner from Wilfried Bony saw the Swans progress in the cup.
David Moyes offered ‘no excuses’ following the defeat despite having 7 players out injured and the Scot is looking ahead to the next game to right the wrongs of the weekend’s disappointment.
"We have another big game in 48 hours' time (against Sunderland in the League Cup semi-finals) so we had to keep that in mind but there are no excuses,” he explained.
"We had a very strong team out. Just about every player on the pitch was an international."
Club veteran Darren Fletcher says the players ‘owe’ the fans and the manager a victory in their upcoming Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland after their FA Cup exit at the weekend.
“It’s a massive blow, let’s not kid ourselves here. This (Swansea) is a really bad result, and there are a lot of angry, hurt players,” Fletcher said.
“We feel we have let the manager and the fans and everyone down today by losing and it’s not good enough and we’re going to have to raise our performance levels.
“We’re letting the fans down but, to be fair to them, they are really sticking by us, and that’s great to see as well,” he added.
United’s hopes of progressing to the final of the League Cup will be boosted by the likelihood that Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and David de Gea are all set to return having sat out the Swansea defeat as the Reds look to get back to winning ways.
In transfer news, David Moyes has been ‘promised’ the funds to target a top midfielder this January, according to Sky Sports.
"We would like to bring people in but are those players available?" he said.
"There is an urgency but there's no point in me hyping it up because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available in January."
This view was upheld by statements made by Atletico Madrid director Jose Luis Perez Caminero insisted midfielder Koke would remain in Spain.
"Koke will be with us for many years. I am convinced," he stated.
Also in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions Fabio Coentrao could move to Old Trafford.
"No players are leaving and we're not going to sign anyone," said Carlo Ancelotti, the Real manager, on Sunday.
"The window is closed for us."
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