Manchester United take on Sunderland on Wednesday, January 22 in the second leg of the League Cup semifinal looking to overturn a 2-1 loss suffered in the first leg yet, should they prevail, they will then be tasked with a most probable all-Manchester final as their local rivals Manchester City have already hit West Ham United for six.
Considering the underwhelming performances and results thus far returned by United and David Moyes, coupled with the all-conquering, swashbuckling and net-busting displays that City are exhibiting, it begs the question… who would United fans rather lose to - Sunderland in mid-week, or City in the final at Wembley Stadium?
'That question is doing the rounds in Manchester, I'm telling you!' said Gary Neville, 38, a two-time League Cup winner during his playing days on Stretford. 'Shall we go out on penalties on Wednesday night? Ha, no,' he added, jokingly, with a smile.
For United, who have already accumulated seven defeats in the Premier League, reside in seventh position in the division, were eliminated from the FA Cup due to a third round upset against Swansea City, a victory over City - at Wembley, in the final of a cup competition - could provide the Old Trafford outfit with a much-needed confidence booster and spirits-lifter.
'Moyes and the team need a big match at Wembley, you've got to take a risk. Everyone's expecting them to lose to City, they'd be underdogs, the chance of going there and causing the upset - you've got to say… go to Wembley.'
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