Mourinho pleased with the result and the performance against West Ham


Manchester United beat West Ham United 4-1 in the EFL Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, earning a semi-final clash with Hull City in January, a two-legged clash. United will be dreaming of another visit to Wembley, which could become a reality by the end of January, which looks to be a busy month for the Red Devils as their defence in the Emirates FA Cup will also start that month. United played well against the Hammers, a team they battered from the start of the match, but by half-time, found themselves level, coming straight out in the second half and regaining the lead inside three minutes. Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial scored braces, Henrikh Mkhitaryan assisted twice with Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera assisting the other goals for the evening. Former Manchester United Academy striker Ashley Fletcher put the Hammers back into the match ten minutes before half-time, but that meant nothing after the break.

Jose Mourinho was suspended for this match, watched it in a ‘secret’ location with Old Trafford, spoke to Sky Sports after seeing his side do him proud, saying:

“I’m pleased with the result, because the performance is something that we’re used to. We are playing very, very well at home and today was more of the same.”

Mourinho praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan for his display in the victory over the Hammers, saying how happy he was about his evolution at the club. Mourinho said:

“I’m so happy today because today was against a Premier League team with Premier League qualities and characteristics. That really showed his evolution because against Feyenoord we could think that it was a different profile, but today was against a proper and typical Premier League team. We are really happy, because we know the reason why we bought him; we were waiting for his adaptation and it looks like it’s coming.”

Mourinho speaks about his lack of concern at the break with the two side drawing 1-1 at the time. He said:

“The performance is something we are used to. We are playing very, very well at home and I think today was more of the same, that we had 10 minutes where we felt it deeply and the players on the pitch, they couldn’t hide that, because West Ham’s first shot they equalised.

“But in the second-half, the team got the confidence to play and to win comfortably playing beautiful attacking football, which is something the fans like but we needed the result.

“I told them forget the goal, 1-1, we are playing so well that we have to keep confidence, so forget the undeserved goal, forget at half-time we should be winning and we aren’t, so let’s go from here with confidence.

“And in the second-half we had the goals, so goals plus performance means the real happiness.”

Manchester United were drawn against Hull City in the semi-final of the EFL Cup this season, avoiding Liverpool, who were drawn against their feeder club, Southampton. Speaking of the draw, Mourinho said:

“I was calm with the draw. If the teams arrive here, it’s because they put a lot on the competition. The two legs take a little bit out of the draw with the situation you play at home or away – it doesn’t exist any more as you play both home and away.

“I’m sure Hull City have an amazing memory from Wembley last season [the Championship play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday] and I’m sure they are going to try everything to be there again. Manchester United, we were there last season, and in August, and it’s something a club like United is used to – going back to Wembley on a regular basis.

“So we’re going to try but it’s in January so we now we forget the semi-final that we have to play when hopefully we can reach the final.”

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