Moyes silent on Mata but admits penalty takers weren’t ideal
Manchester United manager David Moyes declined to answer questions on Juan Mata after his side's Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland.
Mata is expected to undergo a medical today, however, Moyes opted not to speak about it following United's painful penalty shoot-out loss at Old Trafford.
Members of the media were informed before the post-match press conference that Moyes would be answering questions on the game only and when asked afterwards about Mata, the Scot said simply: “We are not saying anything.”
And on the evidence of yet another toothless performance from United, Mata's arrival cannot come quickly enough with Moyes admitting United “didn't play well enough” to go through.
"If we were [to go through], we were going to stumble over the line.
"With a minute or so to go we were almost there. We had opportunities to score a second goal and put ourselves in a better position but there is always going to be a loser in the semi-final and it was us.”
Asked whether it was the most severe blow he had taken during his short tenure, Moyes said: "Yeah, I think it is part and parcel of the game."
Moyes revealed Michael Carrick would almost certainly have taken a kick had he not succumbed to an ankle injury, whilst Hernandez – who has taken penalties for United before – was also ruled out after hurting himself celebrating his goal.
“Ideally, it wouldn't have been the group we had chosen,” said Moyes.
“Javier would have taken a penalty but was injured and people like Michael Carrick would have been involved.”
Now Moyes must raise spirits once more, acknowledging United's fragile confidence had taken another dent.