Sunderland defender Wes Brown competes against his former club, Manchester United, in the League Cup semifinal this evening, January 7, at the Stadium of Light, in a fixture that has added importance for the visitors due to their third round exit in the FA Cup and their substandard form in the Premier League.
While United, under manager David Moyes, have posted some good results in all competitions this season - such as their home victory over Arsenal, their 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and their defensive strength in the Capital One Cup thus far - they are overall far too inconsistent, have witnessed the Theatre of Dreams turn into nightmares and have an injury list that includes a number of the club's best players.
Such observations have been noted by Brown in The Mirror: 'Are they vulnerable?' He pondered to which he continued: 'Yes because this is a semi-final and everything can happen.'
The flaws in United's set-up can be exposed in both legs of the League Cup, argues Brown, who added: 'We are at home first so we have got to get a result, and away we will also think we can get a result with United's form at home. We have to take advantage of an opportunity like this… United's inconsistency does give you confidence.
'They have lost a few games at home and going there as a visiting team, it is nice knowing that. It does give you that little confidence boost. In years before it has been the other way round. This cup will be 100 per cent a priority for United now. They will be up for it. If they got to the final it would be a real boost for them, but maybe we can stop that.'
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