United look to make amends by drawing first blood against Sunderland

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment with victory over Sunderland in tonight’s League Cup semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light.

Rio Ferdinand is a fitness doubt after picking up a knock at the weekend however Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic could all return.

United were victorious when the sides met in the league back in October, with Adnan Januzaj grabbing a brace in his first start for the club to turn the game on its head after Adam Johnson had given the North East side the lead.

That result stretched Sunderland’s winless run against United to twenty games, and manager David Moyes will be extra keen to extend that run after a difficult start to 2014.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are planning to revive their interest in Wayne Rooney if he fails to sign a new deal with Manchester United, according to the Mail Online.

The Blues made two bids for the England international during the summer, but were rebuffed on both occasions.

However, Jose Mourinho is keeping a close eye on the situation, and could make a fresh bid before the window closes at the end of the month.