Manchester United lost their Capital One Cup Semi Final vs. Sunderland way before the penalty shootout,which eventually ended hope of Wembley.
David De Gea‘s last minute error in extra time and Javier Hernandez‘ immediate response were all secondary to the performance from David Moyes’ side, which was yet again, simply average.
The truth is, it was a woeful effort to reach a cup final. There was a lack of urgency throughout normal time and it cost them, as they managed to only find the net via a corner. Sunderland wanted it more and played their best. United on the other hand may not have left much on the pitch by the time extra time was finished, but the togetherness and quality of football was below what you should be seeing at Old Trafford in a tie to decide a place at a Wembley cup final.
There was obviously the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie missing, but the talent out there never clicked. Going forward United are looking a huge distance off their form of recent years. Adnan Januzaj really is their saving grace right now, but an 18-year-old in his debut season isn’t enough to beat teams convincingly each week.
The eventful ending to the night may disguise the fact that United simply were out of touch, disjointed and looking for a spark constantly. It never arrived and it is no surprise that despite the large £37m price tag, the accepted bid for Juan Mata is giving United fans a sense of relief, at least for the moment, as it masks the upset of failing to reach a cup final and surely ending hope of a trophy this season.