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David Moyes under pressure but set to be Manchester United boss for some time yet

By Robert Fenton

The anxiety goes on for Manchester United fans after the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat by Sunderland – the Mackems' first victory over the Red Devils in 23 years.

Pressure is mounting on manager David Moyes who has watched his side lose three games in a row – the last time that happened was 13 years ago.

They are now facing the prospect of finishing outside the top four in the Premier League and ending the season trophyless.

Mind you, they lost the first leg of a League Cup semi-final on two occasions before but still made it through to Wembley.

Expect them to do the same in pegging back that 2-1 first leg setback when the sides meet at Old Trafford next Wednesday week.

But a trophy will still elude them if,as anticipated, Manchester City are in the opposition in the final on March 2.

Paddy Power offer 11/8 that Moyes will end the season with nothing to show for it and that's the most likely outcome – so lump on.

It's equivalent of backing City at those odds to win the League Cup, something for which they'll be odds-on.

Six wins on the spin at the end of 2013 seemed to suggest the tide was turning for Moyes but Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup loss to Swansea at Old Trafford has reignited the debate over his United future.

Swansea are back at Old Trafford tomorrow in the late game and nothing other than a victory will suffice as it's imperative that United stay in the hunt for a top four place – and Champions League football next season.

The only other route into the tournament would be to win this season's Champions League and few expect that to happen, although they should get past Olympiakos in the last 16.

The Scot is as big as 16-1 in the 'next manager to go market' and bet365 go 2-9 that he wins a trophy at Old Trafford (3-1 he doesn't) and 4-11 that he remains in charge for the start of next season.

He's 2-1 to have left the club – unlikely as he has a lengthy contract.

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