Manchester United's midfield enforcer Darren Fletcher has issued a rallying call to his teammates ahead of the Capital One Cup semi final against Sunderland tomorrow evening.
Following a bitterly disappointing FA Cup exit to the hands of Swansea at the weekend and Gus Poyet's side to come on Tuesday, Fletcher told the club's official website: "That's a massive game now."
"It's a League Cup semi-final, if you can't lift yourself for that then it's no good. We've got a great opportunity, we've got to recover quickly and lift ourselves."
Until the weekend, Manchester United were still in all four competitions and could possibly be forgiven for thinking that all is not lost in this year's campaign.
The humbling defeat to Swansea at Old Trafford, however, is a stark reminder that there is a long way to go for the squad to compete for every trophy under David Moyes' guidance.
Following the FA Cup loss, Fletcher added: "When we got to the Stretford End there were a lot of fans clapping and singing for United.
"The players have got to see that and know that the fans are behind us and put performances in for the them, the manager and the staff."
All the attention will be on the Manchester United manager to see if his team perform like the world knows they can and make a big step towards the Capital One Cup final.
Swansea will have every hope of taking the spoils at Old Trafford again next weekend too as the teams meet up in the Premier League.
In the first game of the season, Manchester United produced an emphatic display to win 4-1 and a similar performance should turn hope into belief in their charge for a top-four spot.
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