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Manchester United's Tom Cleverley. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Manchester United's Tom Cleverley. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

DAVID MOYES wants his team to repay Manchester United's fans with a place in the League Cup final tonight.

The Reds face Sunderland looking to overcome a 2-1 semi-final first-leg deficit and Moyes believes a raucous Old Trafford could make the difference after Sunday's 3-1 league loss at Chelsea. "We're going to go out and do everything we can to get through," the United boss said.

"I want to give the supporters something to cheer about. There's not been an awful lot and I'm fully aware of that.

Moyes will assess the fitness of striking duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie before finalising his starting line-up. Skipper Nemanja Vidic will miss the game as he starts a three-match ban after losing his appeal against his red card against Chelsea.

Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Cleverley insists the club have no intention of feeling sorry for themselves. "We can't let it get our heads down," he said. "You have to feel for the new manager. He has had no luck.

"But we are not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to stand up and be counted. That starts with the Capital One Cup."

Cleverley admitted he is growing a thick skin to cope with the avalanche of criticism that has come his way this season - and expects United to strengthen their squad. Cleverley has been singled out by some as an inadequate presence in an underachieving midfield.

Little wonder the Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for Chelsea's out-of-favour Spain star Juan Mata, with manager David Moyes also expected to watch Borussia Monchengladbach's Patrick Herrmann on Friday. Cleverley knows changes are inevitable given the present situation but the England international has adopted a philosophical stance.

"If results are poor and performances are below par you are going to take some stick for it," Cleverley said.

"It is all part and parcel of being a Manchester United player. It takes a bit of getting used to but I am growing a thick skin."


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