|(Football) High flyers ManU mauled for third time
Last season’s high flyers Manchester United were condemned to a third consecutive 2-1 defeat at the start of 2014 as Sunderland won the first leg of their League Cup semi-final in Sunderland, England to add to manager David Moyes' troubles.
(Pictured, Ryan Giggs in despair).
Fabio Borini scored from the penalty spot in the 65th minute to ensure Sunderland, bottom of the Premier League, has the edge going into the second leg at Old Trafford on January 22, AP reports.
Sunderland took the lead when 40-year-old United veteran Ryan Giggs inadvertently bundled the ball into his own net just before half time when under pressure from Phil Bardsley.
Nemanja Vidic headed United level in the 52nd, but a comeback was thwarted by United midfielder Tom Cleverley fouling Adam Johnson to concede the penalty.
And Moyes, emulating predecessor Alex Ferguson, restored to blaming referees for United's poor run.
“I feel we are having to play the opposition and the officials at this moment in time,'' Moyes said.
“Maybe I've got to understand that's what happens at Man United. But if we do, we certainly aren't getting much in our favor at this moment in time.''
Borini's goal extended United's miserable start to the year -- a hat trick of 2-1 losses for Moyes' side.
United, who won the Premier League by 11 points last season, is now 11 points behind leader Arsenal after losing to Tottenham on New Year's Day.
And the FA Cup quest ended at the first hurdle on Sunday as Swansea won their third round meeting at Old Trafford.
But United are still in the Champions League and face Olympiakos in the round of 16 next month.