Carrick has one eye on Wembley

United star Michael Carrick
United star Michael Carrick
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David Moyes and Michael Carrick hope to give Manchester United supporters a reason to be cheerful in tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final with Sunderland.

United fell 14 points off the Premier League pace with defeat at Chelsea on Sunday, their fourth loss from five games in 2014.

Moyes’ men are six points adrift of the Champions League places but overturning another deficit is of more immediate concern when Sunderland visit Old Trafford with a 2-1 first-leg advantage.

“The fans have been unbelievable over the last month or so especially,” Carrick said.

“Times have been difficult. Performances have not been that bad actually but results have been pretty awful for us to take.

“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.

“We want to play again as quickly as possible. Wednesday is another big game.

“It is an opportunity to get to a final. You can’t take that lightly.”

Moyes added: “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.”

Changes are inevitable against Sunderland this evening after Nemanja Vidic earned a three-match ban for his late dismissal for a bad tackle on Eden Hazard, and Patrice Evra limped off in the second half.

Moyes might have been contemplating a defensive overhaul anyway after Samuel Eto’o capitalised on United’s shortcomings at the back three times .

“If we are going to give goals away from set-pieces like that it is going to be very hard for us,” Moyes said.