Afternoon Report: January 6

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted that his side are short on confidence, after crashing out of the FA Cup at home to Swansea City yesterday.

The Red Devils have little time to dwell on the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford though, with the first leg of their League Cup semi-final against Sunderland looming large tomorrow night.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on midfield general Jon Obi Mikel following his goal in yesterday's FA Cup win at Derby County.

The Nigerian international broke the deadlock at Pride Park with a header from close range, prompting Mourinho to praise his intelligence and new-found belief after captaining the side for the day.

Cristiano Ronaldo has described Portuguese icon Eusebio as immortal following the legend's passing last weekend, with the former Benfica star dying at the age of 71 following a heart attack.

Eusebio scored an incredible 733 times in 745 professional matches, a record which Ronaldo has declared will ensure he remains an inspiration to the people of his homeland and beyond.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes that Theo Walcott will now be lauded as a legend by Gunners fans, for his gesture towards the Tottenham Hotspur end at the Emirates last weekend.

Walcott found time to remind Spurs fans of the 2-0 scoreline in Saturday's North London derby despite being stretchered off with a knee injury, a move Wilshere thinks will cement his legacy as a star man at the Emirates.

And finally, Real Madrid have included Gareth Bale in their squad for tonight's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo, with the Welsh wizard recovering from a calf injury to make Carlo Ancelotti's squad.

Bale has been training on his own during La Liga's winter break to speed up his recovery, a move which convinced Ancelotti that he has a chance of featuring at the Bernabeu tonight.

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