Manchester United manager David Moyes braced for Sunderland battle as pressure grows

David Moyes: Under pressure on Tuesday night

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Under-fire Manchester United manager David Moyes insists he will not be treating Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final at Sunderland any differently just because his side were dumped out of the FA Cup.

The two-legged encounter with Gus Poyet's side has taken on 'must-win' proportions given it is United's only realistic chance of domestic silverware this term.

United are off the pace in the Premier League and were eliminated from FA Cup competition at the third round stage for only the second time in three decades on Sunday, and Moyes is under pressure on Tuesday night.

But he said: "Our approach to Sunderland had to have the FA Cup game in mind because it was two matches in 48 hours.

"It has always been vital for us to win every game and get to every final if we can. There is a job in front of us in every competition we enter. We have got to overcome Sunderland in a two-game match to reach the final.

"It will be a difficult game and difficult to judge exactly how the first leg will go. But we will try to get ourselves to the cup final if we can."

Moyes will bring back some senior men who sat the Swansea match out.

Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic should all return, at a stroke providing some much-needed experience.

And whilst Wayne Rooney is troubled by a groin problem, the mere fact he was able to play against Tottenham on New Year's Day suggests he will push himself through a game of even more importance.

The unknown is Robin van Persie, who did appear to be nearing a return after a thigh problem, but about whose comeback Moyes spoke in negative terms at the weekend, when the Scot claimed not to know when his key striker may reappear.

Even without the back-to-back Golden Boot winner, United are still expected to overcome a side they have already beaten this term, thanks to the first two goals of Adnan Januzaj's fledgling Old Trafford career.

Watch Sunderland take on Manchester United live on Sky Sports 1 tonight, with coverage from 7.30pm.