The Capital One Cup is usually seen as nothing more than a competition for Manchester United to give fringe players the opportunity to play in knock-out football and over the years, it is an ethos that has done us well in the competition as we have won it in three times since the 2005/6 season.
However, this season is different. David Moyes needs to look at the Capital One Cup as the perfect opportunity to kick start his United career with some silverware in his first season (the Community Shield doesn’t count).
Winning the trophy isn’t the important part. It is the creation of a winning mentality that is the most enticing aspect of it.
Success is a drug that you can’t stop craving once you have tasted it. That is what kept Sir Alex Ferguson hungry all these years and his players too. Moyes needs to get that taste as soon as possible as success is infectious.
Winning the Capital One Cup would be like a shot of adrenaline to the arm of our whole team and, most importantly, Moyes.
The ‘never won a trophy in top flight football’ monkey would have been banished halfway through his first season and it could be the inspiration we need for a powerful run-in. After the start to the year like we have had, our run-in needs to be even stronger than usual and there are few better boosts than winning some silverware.
The ball is in our court. Chelsea were knocked out of the competition by Sunderland last night which means that Manchester City is now our strongest potential opponent left and I hope we get them in the semi-final again like we did back in 2010.
Success breeds success. Trophies lead to more trophies. This Capital One Cup could be the beginning of Moyes’ snowball at Old Trafford.