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Football: Season at stake as United seek cup comeback

Published on Jan 21, 2014 9:16 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Their Premier League title defence in tatters, Manchester United approach the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against Sunderland on Wednesday conscious that it could define their domestic season.

Sunday's 3-1 loss at Chelsea left David Moyes's side 14 points off the pace in the league and having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea City, United need success in the League Cup like never before.

It is a competition that United occasionally treated with disdain under Moyes's predecessor, Alex Ferguson, but the new manager knows that he cannot afford to pick and choose when the club's fans are in the doldrums.

"We will try and do everything we can to get through," Moyes told United's in-house television channel, MUTV.

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