David Moyes and Manchester United Need Capital One Cup Success This Season

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentJanuary 21, 2014

Manchester United's manager David Moyes applaudssupporters after his team's 2-0 win against Stoke in their English League Cup quarter-final soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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The League Cup might not be English football's most desirable prize, but it's a prize nonetheless.

And lifting it at Wembley on 2nd March would change everything for David Moyes and Manchester United

It was always good enough for Sir Alex Ferguson. He might have often used the early rounds to test untried youngsters or give his fringe players a run out. But he made a habit of winning it when otherwise the campaign wasn't going to plan.

LONDON - MARCH 01:  Sir Alex Ferguson manager of Manchester United celebrates with the trophy after victory during the Carling Cup Final match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo
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Ferguson won it four times, in 1992, 2006, 2009 and 2010. But in only one of those seasons—2009—did United win the Premier League title as well.

Ferguson placed a greater importance on the trophy when the others seemed out of reach. It kept his players ticking over, playing in finals and winning medals. 

It's no coincidence that after winning the League Cup in 1992, 2006 and 2010, United won the title the following season.

Ahead of the semi-final second leg against Sunderland on Wednesday, Moyes told the Manchester Evening News he realises the importance the Capital One Cup has now taken on.

We will try and do everything we can to get through. I want to give the supporters something to cheer about. There has not been an awful lot. I am fully aware of that.

And Michael Carrick, who has amassed a collection of far greater prizes, told the Manchester Evening News something similar.

It is an opportunity to get to a final. You can't take that lightly. Regardless of Sunday's result against Chelsea it's a game on its own and it's a chance to get to the final.

It's something we're looking forward to now.

The fans have been unbelievable over the last month or so especially. Times have been difficult. Performances have not been that bad actually but results have been pretty awful for us to take.

But the fans have been unbelievable, home and away. We have a lot to thank them for. It does make it a lot easier. We are giving everything at the minute, it is just not going our way. If we all stick together I am sure it will turn soon.

The majority of fans, especially the ones who attend games home and away, are still supportive despite a disappointing start to the season.

But Moyes will know that won't always be the case if they can't see signs of improvement.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City battle for the ball during the FA Community Shield match sponsored by McDonald's between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August
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If United were to win the Capital One Cup, especially beating Manchester City in the final, the season will be remembered differently. 

City, in the form they're in, would represent a tough task, but a United team which can include Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie is capable of beating anyone on their day.

Most United fans are realistic. They acknowledge that after the turmoil and change of the last six months, a trophy and a fourth-placed finish in the league would represent a successful season.

It would at least give Moyes something to build on as United enter a new era.


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