In five days time David Moyes' Manchester United team will play possibly their most important game of the season.
On Wednesday, the Red Devils will play a quarter final tie against Stoke City at the Britannia.
If Manchester United beat Stoke, which isn't a given, then they are through to the semi-finals of a cup competition. With the final coming in on 2nd March, the League Cup offers David Moyes a chance, possibly his best, of putting some silverware in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet in his first season.
Some might scoff at this suggestion. The League Cup after all is not a particularly important or even prestigious trophy. If Manchester United are aiming for the League Cup you could say that this is a signal of just how far they have fallen.
This criticism however, misses the point. Yes, you wouldn't swap the League Cup for the Premier League, Champions League or even the FA Cup but you wouldn't turn the League Cup down.
Imagine which season looks better for Manchester United one in which they win the League Cup in a transitional season or one in which they don't.
Ferguson understood the confidence that a trophy can provide. Look at the way in which he celebrated winning the FA Cup against Millwall in 2004. That was the first trophy that Ronaldo won for Manchester United. It laid the basis of the Ronaldo/Rooney side that went on to win the Champions League and Premier League titles.
A quarter final victory against Stoke could set up a League Cup win that would ease the pressure on David Moyes and his players. It might even be the foundation of future success.
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