Though, last night’s game only represents one thing, United are a goal down at the halfway stage in this semi-final and, certainly in the context of their chances of winning the League Cup, there is no need for panic just yet.
People will point to United’s home record and say it has been stuttering with four losses out of their last six at Old Trafford, but it’s not an impossible task as the melodramatics of this world will have you think, or those supporters of rival clubs who are quick to call it the demise of the club's dynasty.
In both 2001 and 2003, Liverpool came back from the same scoreline against sides who were in the division below them, Tottenham overcame the same scoreline in some style in 2002 against Chelsea.
United are no strangers from overturning first leg deficits in the competition either. They came from a goal down themselves to beat Championship outfit Derby County to reach the final – and eventually win the final in 2009, and the following season they overcame near neighbours Manchester City after a first leg defeat at Eastlands on their way to lifting the trophy again.
Both Birmingham City and Arsenal were behind after the first leg of their ties in 2011 and they contested the final, Cardiff were trailing Crystal Palace in the semi-finals in 2012.
Whilst things aren’t so well at Manchester United at the moment it would be foolish to write off their chances of lifting the first major trophy of the season at Wembley in March. The task is more difficult than it needs to be, but with the right approach it is a lead that can easily be overturned, and prove to be one of the bright sparks in a slog of a season so far. Though Sunderland have shown they are capable of hurting United, they are prone to the odd error, hence their standing in the league at the moment.
All that is needed is a little perspective. There's 90 minutes of football left in the tie, and it's all up for grabs.