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Sunderland striker Fabio Borini, on loan from Liverpool, certainly has shown a flair for the big occasion; it was less than a month ago that the Italian found the net and created a goal as Gus Poyet’s Black Cats knocked Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup and yesterday he did it again — this time, against Manchester United in the first leg of the semi-finals.
Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs opened the scoring in the worst possible way when he deflected the ball into his own net as two ex-United players attacked the goal with Phil Bardsley almost finishing Wes Brown’s volley across the face of goal.
Nemanja Vidic restored parity just after the break when he headed home Adnan Januzaj’s corner, but the lead wouldn’t last and with former Manchester City winger Adam Johnson causing all kinds of problems for the visitors. Tom Cleverley’s clumsy challenge in the area caught the attacker as he looked for the go ahead, and despite ref Andre Mariner initially waving play on, he pointed to the spot after being advised by his assistant that contact was made.
Cue Fabio Borini; the Italian striker, who still sees a future for himself on Merseyside, made no mistake from 12-yards as he blasted his penalty past a stranded David De Gea. Although the Black Cats still have it all to do when they go to Old Trafford for the second leg, you can be almost certain that the 22-year old will be right in the mix.