SUNDERLAND must beat Manchester United over two legs to reach a Wembley cup final for the first time in 22 years.
The Black Cats were last night drawn to tackle David Moyes’s side in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup next month.
Gus Poyet’s men, who knocked Chelsea out in stunning style in extra time on Tuesday, will be at home in the first leg.
The first leg will be played in the week beginning January 6, with the return at Old Trafford two weeks later.
West Ham tackle Manchester City in the other semi, with Sam Allardyce’s team – come-from-behind winners at troubled Tottenham last night – at home in the second leg.
Sunderland are due to host Carlisle in the FA Cup on Sunday, January 5 – the same day Manchester United host Swansea – so they will be looking to play their League Cup semi-final first leg on the Wednesday, though there is a problem looming as fellow semi-finalists West Ham are also in action that Sunday.
Sunderland last played in a cup final in 1992, losing the FA Cup final 2-0 to Liverpool.
Manchester United won through 2-0 at Stoke last night, in a game marred by a hailstorm which saw the teams taken off the Britannia Stadium pitch, thanks to goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra.
The sides have met in the Premier League already this season, with David Moyes’s side securing a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland and Manchester United have been drawn together only twice before in the League Cup.
United won a memorable third round clash 1-0 in a second round replay in 1976/77, after two 2-2 draws.
Sunderland triumphed against a weakened United side in the fourth round in 2000/01, edging home 2-1 after extra time.
Four-time winners United last won the League Cup in 2009/10 and going all the way this season may go some way to easing the pressure on Moyes, who has endured a frustrating start to his reign as Red Devils manager.
Following their victory at Stoke, the Scot admitted he is at a club accustomed to major honours, but is not looking past the struggling Black Cats, who are in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League and whose best result in this competition was reaching the final in 1985 – a year they were relegated from the top flight.
“We had to win the game before we got into the next round, but thankfully we did and we’ll have a tough semi-final against Sunderland now,” Moyes said.
“It’s a cup game and it shows you how well Sunderland can play when they beat Chelsea last night, they played well to get that result and they’ve got a new manager now.
“A lot of things can happen between now and then but we’re just really pleased we’ve got ourselves into the semi-final.
“Manchester United Football Club are used to winning trophies and so it’s no surprise to them. It’s business as usual but I’ve got to say that I’m delighted that we’re in the semi-final.”
The draw kept the two Manchester clubs apart, with City hosting the Hammers in their first leg before travelling to Upton Park in the week commencing January 20.