Manchester United's dire early season form has left manager David Moyes with a predicament - does he re-evaluate the importance of the Capital One Cup?
His side's 4-0 victory over Norwich City last night saw them through to the quarter-finals of a competition which is often shunned by the bigger English clubs who prioritise the Premier League, FA Cup and European silverware.
Moyes' team to face Norwich featured only one player - Phil Jones - from the side which started in United's 3-2 victory over Stoke City on Saturday.
Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra were all rested, while the likes of Javier Hernandez, who scored a brace, and Adnan Januzaj both shone.
But with Moyes in desperate need to revitalise his under-performing squad, could an early trophy kick-start his Old Trafford career?
In 2005 Jose Mourinho instilled a sense of confidence at Stamford Bridge after leading Chelsea to a League Cup victory in his first season at the club.
That year Chelsea went on to take the Premier League title, and Moyes could certainly benefit from the lift which his first major honour in football would bring.
The Scot, who was unable to win a trophy in an eleven year tenure at Everton, only has the Community Shield to his name after United beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 in his first competitive game.
And the fact that he selected Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in his starting line-up suggests that he could be set to take the Capital One Cup seriously.
United have fallen behind in the title chase and their best shot at silverware this season could be a domestic cup competition.
Moyes would do well to focus on Champions League qualification and victory in the League Cup, which would certainly ease the pressure on living up to the great expectations which come from replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
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