Manchester United manager David Moyes was unhappy with goalkeeper David De Gea’s rare error and particularly with his side’s penalty takers after seeing his side knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Sunderland.
The Wearsiders won through to a March 2 Wembley date with Manchester City, seeing off United 2-1 on penalties.
“David’s been really good this season,” Moyes said as he rued the keeper’s error when he allowed Phil Bardsley’s shot through his hands to take Sunderland level at 1-1 on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate.
Had he made the save, United were heading for Wembley on the away goals rule after extra time.
Javier Hernandez instantly struck for United to ensure penalties, but Sunderland prevailed.
“Keepers do make mistakes but it was a costly one, with a minute to go, but that happens in football,” added Moyes.”
Captain Darren Fletcher was United’s only scorer from five attempts in the shoot-out, with Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones blazing over and Adnan Januzaj, like Rafael, denied by Mannone.
Moyes said: “That was really poor, I would expect better, but again those things do happen.”
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