Last Updated: 07/01/14 9:49pm
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Giggs is out-muscled by Bardsley down the left and a few more seconds tick away as Sunderland have a goal-kick.
Neat free-kick from Larsson to Bardsley, whose cross is cleared by Smalling before Johnson's weak shot from range goes wide.
The ball is back in United territory, with Carrick penalised for a foul. Sunderland attempt a quick one, but play is brought back.
Januzaj feeds Giggs and his cross into the box goes towards a crowd of player, but is met by a Sunderland head.
Welbeck nods goalwards from eight yards out, but there is no power behind his effort and Mannone is able to claim with ease.
Good ball from Fletcher to Welbeck and Brown is penalised for his challenge on the striker in the centre circle.
Evra tries an ambitious effort with the outside of his foot from range but cannot curl the ball back in towards Mannone's goal.
United go close, and it's that man Januzaj once again, lifting Valencia's clever low cross just over Mannone's bar.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Bryan Robson are watching on from the stands at the Stadium of Light. Be worth more than a penny for the Scot's thoughts.
Close again from Januzaj, who hooks towards goal after being fed by Fletcher's header from Valencia's cross, but the youngster is just off target.
Sunderland take a short corner, which Cattermole then drives towards the far post and over the head of Brown.
Cleverley bursts towards goal and pulls the trigger, but Brown is there to block the shot before it leaves his boot.
Great effort from Januzaj as he cuts in from the left and curls a right-foot shot narrowly wide of Mannone's goal.
Great skill from Johnson to get away from Cleverley and Carrick, but his shot lets him down as he fires well over De Gea's bar.
Rafael is very, very lucky as he catches Borini, but gets away with nothing but a talking to from Andre Marriner. Given some of the yellow cards which have been issued tonight, that really should have been one.
Adam Johnson hits the deck as he breaks into the box ahead of Cleverley, with the referee's assistant awarding the spot-kick. United are furious and Rafael is booked.
GREAT SAVE FROM DE GEA!! The United keeper produces a fine close-range stop to keep out Larsson's strike after Vidic's poor defensive header.
Giggs and Valencia combine to open up Sunderland down the right, but the Sunderland defence are back in numbers to clear.
Chance for Sunderland to test De Gea, as Rafael brings down Borini outside the box some 25 yards out.
Brown's ball forward is flicked on superbly by Fletcher into the path of Borini, he bursts into the box on the left, but is crowded out by Rafael and can only find the side-netting.
Decent effort from Januzaj from a central position, firing powerfully towards goal but straight into Mannone's chest.
Pretty poor defending from Sunderland on the goal, allowing Vidic a free run to the back post and not having a man on the line.
Really simple leveller for United as Cleverley's corner is headed home by Vidic from six yards out, beating Brown and O'Shea at the back post.
Evra's low cross is scrambled away, before Giaccherini is booked for handling right outside the box.
Brown gets away with a couple of sloppy touches in defence, with Cattermole back covering for his team-mate.
Giggs' ball eventually finds Welbeck in the centre, but Sunderland clear as the forward attempts to bring the ball under control.
Cattermole clips Cleverley and concedes a free-kick in a central position, before Alonso is penalised for bringing down Alonso out on the right.
No changes for either side at the break, but if the score stays the same, Moyes could be tempted to turn to his bench.
Larsson finally gets one right, swinging a deep ball towards the back post, which Brown plays back into the six-yard box, with Giggs putting through his own net under pressure from Bardsley.
Evans is penalised for jumping into the back of Fletcher. One last chance for Sunderland before the interval.
Corner for United as Januzaj's low cross towards Giggs is put behind by Cattermole, with Vidic heading wide through a crowd of players.
Nice pass into the centre from Carrick to Januzaj as United continue to press, but Sunderland's defence, which is being increasingly stretched, holds out.
Shot on target from Bardsley from 18 yards out as he turns and tests De Gea, but it's a pretty comfortable save for the United keeper.
DISALLOWED GOAL!! Januzaj has the ball in the back of the net after his initial effort from Evra's cross hits Giggs and the youngster then scores on the rebound, but the flag is up for offside.
Borini cuts in from the flank and gets a fortunate deflection, with the ball falling to Ki, but he cannot get a shot away from outside the box and the chance is gone.
Vidic is penalised for challenging Fletcher from behind in the Sunderland half and fumes at Marriner's decision.
Calm play from Mannone as he does not panic under pressure from Welbeck, leaving the United man on his backside as he passes it out.
Play switches back to the other end, with Welbeck holding the ball up well before Januzaj takes over. He fires in a shot which Mannone looked to have covered but it is headed away before the keeper is called into action.
Some good play from Giaccherini out on the left, but he cannot work the opening his persistence deserved.
Welbeck tries his luck with another shot from range, but his curling effort goes high and wide of the target.
Neat play between Rafael and Valencia down the right sees them work their way into the box, but once again they are crowded out by the home defence.
Carrick's ball out to Valencia looks to be controlled by the winger's arm, but play is waved on by Andre Marriner, before the cross towards Welbeck is cleared away.
Nice ball on the turn from Cleverley down the flank towards Rafael, but Sunderland have men back and can clear their lines.
Decent spell from United here and they're keeping the pressure on, until Evra's attempted one-two with Januzaj ends as Cattermole comes in.
OFF THE BAR!!!! Giggs receives the ball in acres of space in the middle of the field. He is allowed to advance towards goal before firing in a shot which takes a slight deflection and then rattles Mannone's crossbar.
Januzaj takes responsibility with the free-kick but fires it straight into the wall. United swing a cross over and strikes Evra's hand, with the defender claiming a push.
Lovely play from Januzaj, who has switched with Giggs into a more central role, dancing away from several challenges before being brought down by Bardsley some 30 yards from goal.
Another free-kick for Sunderland in a decent position, another complete waste from Larsson as he fires it straight out for a goal-kick.
Lovely ball from Ki to pick out Alonso down the left and he swings in another dangerous cross which only just evades the lunging Fletcher at the far post.
Cattermole picks up the ball and fires over a cross, but it is behind Fletcher and the forward can only head away from goal.
Another poor piece of play from Cleverley as he dawdles on the ball in the middle of the field and is robbed by Larsson.
Welbeck gets in a shot on target from the edge of the Sunderland box, but it lacks any real power and is easy for Mannone to gather.
Carrick plays the ball forward to Cleverley, but he lets the ball run under his feet and out for a throw.
United go on the attack and Evans attempts a pass down the left to Evra, but the full-back had stopped his run and the ball rolls harmlessly out.
Good spell of pressure and possession from Sunderland as they probe the United defence looking for an opening.
Good pass from Fletcher and a neat turn from Borini on the edge of the United box takes him away from Evans but he drags his shot across the face of De Gea's goal.
Giggs then clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Welbeck but the United striker is a little slow off the mark and Mannone is out to gather.
Sunderland are able to clear their lines and Valencia then sends the ball all the way back to De Gea from the halfway line.
Another chance for Sunderland to put the home side under some pressure, but Larsson flights his free-kick straight into the grateful hands of De Gea.
Promising Sunderland attack down the left and Alonso whips a dangerous low cross into the box but there are no red and white shirts present to convert.
O'Shea lifts the ball forwards and Giaccherini flicks on towards Ki, but Evans gets across again to clear.
Good ball by Larsson towards Giaccherini but there is just too much pace on the pass and Evans is able to shepherd it out, although he takes a whack from the Sunderland man for his troubles.
Sunderland are knocking the ball around between midfield and defence, but United are not giving them time on the ball, with Bardsley electing to clip a pass forward which is easily cut out by Evra.
Plenty of noise coming from the home supporters and those from Manchester who have made the journey to the north east.
Early touch for Welbeck and he feeds Carrick. The midfielder attempts to clip a pass out to Valencia down the right flank, but puts it out of play.
There's a fair old breeze blowing around the Stadium of Light tonight, but hopefully it won't impact on the quality of the football too much.
The two teams make their way out of the tunnel and onto the Stadium of Light surface. The ground is not full, and it will be interesting to see what the official crowd is tonight for this clash.
Right, last one before kick-off, Chris Green says: 'I feel that Sunderland will come out on top this evening, as United have 'dropped the ball' this season as previous games have shown. On paper, based on last season's results, United should easily deliver the goods and bring a positive result back to Old Trafford. As these teams will be crossing paths in the return leg, weaknesses at the back will need to be addressed swiftly, so that their opponents can't take advantage of any fragile links within the defence. Taking all of this into account, I believe the outcome of this fixture will end in a 3-1 win for the home side.'
Gary Hunter, another United fan (but clearly not a Moyes fan!) says: 'I have a simple question - Where are the goals coming from with that team selection?? Another example of how clueless Moyes is!'
United fan Hanif Shah says: 'Decent line up but not confident one bit after recent performances! The window is open so let's see some activity!'
Ian Green from Cape Town writes: 'Moyes needs to chill on the changes. Change is not good all the time, the players need time to settle in with each other really. We need a Januzaj and Kagawa partnership.'
United fan Jack Solomon is in a confident mood: '3-0 United, no questions asked tonight! No excuses for another loss!'
And there's more love for Kagawa from Ahmed Osoble: 'Can't understand why Moyes benches Kagawa. I saw him at Dortmund, forget Koke, he could turn United's season around.'
And David King seems to agree, as he says: 'Better squad from Moyes but still lacking in midfield. He needs to give Zaha and Kagawa a chance.'
Barry Lee, from the USA, writes: 'What a terrible selection from Moyes. Good opportunity to get Hernandez, Kagawa and Zaha some more field time and he picks Welbeck and Giggs.'
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If you fancy a flutter on tonight's game, our friends at Sky Bet have a host of markets available. United come into this one as firm 8/11 favourites and while their home form has left a lot to be desired recently they have one of the best away records in the country. The Black Cats are 4/1 to win on the night with the draw at 27/10. Adnan Januzaj, who scored twice on his full debut at Sunderland earlier this season, is boosted to 8/1 to open the scoring. Fabio Borini is 14/1 to do likewise for the home side.
Mario has been in touch via Twitter to say: 'Looks like a decent team from United, let's hope that experience and talent will mix nicely and get us a win.'
Rifat Ahmed is the first in touch and says: 'It is just incredible to see that the same team under SAF which dominated the Premier League last season struggling that badly. I'm just embarrassed to be a Utd fan not because we are losing it's because the way we are playing against certain teams, we just can't seem to kill a match off like we used to. Let's hope that all changes if we win this cup and bring back that hunger for more...comfortable win for Man Utd - 4-0.'
The two teams have already met at the Stadium of Light this season, with United triumphing 2-1 in their Premier League meeting back in October courtesy of two goals from Januzaj after Craig Gardner had given the hosts the lead.
If you want to have your say on tonight's clash then drop me a line to email@example.com or via Twitter @skysportsrobp and I'll publish a selection of the best prior to the 7.45pm kick-off.
Gus Poyet also makes seven changes to his team from the victory over Carlisle, with former Manchester United duo John O'Shea and Phil Bardsley up against their old club. Marcos Alonso makes his Black Cats debut after arriving on loan from Fiorentina, while Lee Cattermole, Fabio Borini, Steven Fletcher and Emanuele Giaccherini all feature.
Moyes has made seven changes to his starting XI from the Swansea defeat, with David de Gea back in goal, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael and Partice Evra in defence, while Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj and Ryan Giggs feature in midfield.
Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Giggs, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Hernandez, Fletcher, Kagawa, Buttner, Zaha.
Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Giaccherini, Borini, Fletcher. Subs: Gardner, Johnson, Celustka, Colback, Altidore, Ji, Dixon.
Sunderland, meanwhile, are still propping up the rest of the Premier League, but are saving their best form for the cups, with Chelsea stunned in the quarter-finals at the Stadium of Light.
With David Moyes' men 11 points adrift of Arsenal in the Premier League title race, it looks as though the Capital One Cup is their most realistic hope for silverware this season.
Manchester United go into the game on the back of successive 2-1 home defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Swansea, with the latter reverse seeing them crash out of the FA Cup on Sunday.
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