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Football: Moyes banks on better luck in Swansea sequel

Published on Jan 9, 2014 5:02 PM
Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes is pictured before the start of a League Cup semi-final first leg match between Sunderland and Manchester Utd at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, in north-east England, on Jan 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - The threat of a fourth consecutive defeat is looming large for Manchester United and their manager David Moyes, yet the beleaguered Scot feels things are on the verge of turning for his struggling side.

Swansea City return to Old Trafford for the second time in a week on Saturday, buoyed by their victory at the same ground in the FA Cup third round and no doubt encouraged for another assault by their opponents' ongoing problems.

Sunderland became the latest club to upset Moyes' team in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, the first time since 1932 that United had lost their first three games of the year.

The two cup defeats followed a stinging home reverse in the league against Tottenham Hotspur that left United seventh in the table and 11 points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

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