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Reds prepared to give everything

Date published: 10 January 2017

JOSE Mourinho has pledged to give Manchester United's EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City everything, despite this weekend's mouth-watering clash with Liverpool looming large.

United will look to extend an eight-match winning run in all competitions when the Premier League's bottom side arrive at Old Trafford for tonight's first leg.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba are among those Mourinho will recall as the Portuguese looks to follow-up his side's Community Shield success and return to Wembley next month.

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The EFL Cup was the first trophy Mourinho won in England as Chelsea boss back in 2005 and he hopes to move closer to lifting it for a fourth time tonight, despite the clash with Liverpool taking place on Sunday.

"We play against Liverpool, it's a big match for us, but we want to be in the final," he said.

"So we are going to face this Hull match with everything we have, with all the power we have.

"We know that it's two legs but the second leg is away, so if you can do something in the first leg that gives you an advantage, we are going to try and do that.

"I think for big clubs a competition is a competition. I was never good at choosing competitions. At some of my clubs you arrive at April and you have a busy fixture list but you are in competitions to try to win, to try to do things.

"I won the League Cup twice in Cardiff but when it moved to Wembley, I think the meaning is even better so why not try (and win it)?

"It's a two-legged competition, if we don't play well in one leg you have another match to try."

Standing in United's way of Wembley is a Portuguese coach that has been likened to Mourinho.

Marco Silva was announced as Mike Phelan's successor at Hull last week, having impressed at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos.

 

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