Manchester United started slowly, and eventually dominated, but it was from their best effort versus Hull City today. They won 2-0 on the strength goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie. The second leg will be on January 24th at Hull City.
Manager Jose Mourinho hopes he can give the fans on Sunday a lot more to get excited about Sunday, when they take on their arch-rivals Liverpool, in an emotional and critical Premier League fixture.
“I always think we are responsible for the fans’ participation in the game. It’s our responsibility.”
“If we play well and enthusiastically, the fans come on to the pitch. When we don’t play so well, and not with emotion and intensity, it’s normal for the fans to relax a bit,” Mourinho said post game at Old Trafford.
He felt the fans had a great showing today at the Theatre of Dreams, and hopes to inspire them even more in the northwest England derby this weekend.
“We have amazing fans. When we were not good, they were behind us, pushing us, supporting us.”
“What I feel is that Sunday is a special match for us, a special match for Manchester United fans. Don’t come to the theatre — come to play with us.”
Across all competitions, United have now won nine in a row, and haven’t been beaten in their last 15.
They’ll probably bring much more momentum to the January 15th grudge match than the Reds will. Liverpool are dealing with a really congested January schedule right now.
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