Manchester United manager can turn the season from a failing one into a success by achieving two realistic objectives.
Considering the upheaval at Old Trafford, not only on a managerial level as David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson but also in the board room as David Gill made way for Ed Woodward, there may have been a number of Manchester United fans who would settle for guaranteed silverware and continued Champions League football had it been offered to them at the start of the current season.
Those two objectives must still be targeted, according to BBC pundit and former Liverpool legend Alan Hansen and, if they are achieved, then Moyes must be credited with salvaging the club's season after a number of mishaps like poor Premier League form, too many losses suffered at home and an early exit from the FA Cup.
Speaking in British broadsheet The Telegraph, Hansen said: 'Manchester United are out of the FA Cup and David Moyes was obviously focusing on the Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland. He clearly sees that as a better chance and if he wins that trophy this season at least he can say he’s got one.
'If Moyes can win the Capital One Cup and finish in the top four that would represent salvation for the season.
'The flipside of the coin is that is one chance of a trophy gone and should United lose to Sunderland he will look back and regret it.'
United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tomorrow evening, Tuesday, in the first leg of the League Cup, ahead of the return fixture at Old Trafford on Wednesday, January 22.
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