Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United will not be distracted by this weekend’s clash with Liverpool and their top-four quest as he bids to maintain his impressive EFL Cup record by reaching Wembley. United entertain Hull in the first leg of the semi-final on Tuesday and Mourinho has vowed to recall the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba for a competition which he has always placed importance on.
It was the first trophy he won in England as Chelsea boss back in 2005 and, with subsequent triumphs in 2007 and 2015 in his two spells with the Blues, Mourinho has remarkably never lost a game inside 90 minutes in the competition – exiting on penalties to Charlton in the 2005-06 season, in extra-time to Sunderland in December 2013 and again on penalties, this time to Stoke, last season.
He will take charge of his 28th EFL Cup match at Old Trafford and so – while returning United to the Champions League remains a priority ahead of Sunday’s clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds – the chance for more silverware is one Mourinho is keen to strive for.
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