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José Mourinho Confirms 4 Starters vs Hull City
Manchester United will be looking to put one foot in the EFL Cup final when they entertain Hull City in their semi-final first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Prior to the game, José Mourinho has spoken to reporters to offer a team news update confirming that he will rotate much of his squad versus the Tigers.
The Portuguese coach made wholesale changes to his lineup during Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Reading in their FA Cup third round success but now he is ready to recall some big name to face Hull.
Mourinho was able to confirm four players that were rested versus Reading will be in the starting lineup tomorrow, five days before Manchester United host Liverpool in a huge Premier League clash on Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia were all confirmed to face Hull City in the EFL Cup.
José Mourinho is quoted by the Express following Saturday’s win as saying:
“I play with the players that didn’t play today. To win it [the EFL Cup] we have to win three matches and we have Hull City, and we have Liverpool or Southampton, it’s not going to be easy.
“But I think the fact you are winning matches is good and you are not going to throw away an opportunity for that, so today I play with fresh players, I don’t want to put things in first-team or second-team, or first-choice or second-choice, today I play with fresh players.
“In the next match against Hull City we are going to play again with fresh players.
“So it’s easy to know our team – Zlatan, Pogba, Herrera, Valencia. The guys that didn’t play today.”
On Tuesday the United boss could well name the starting XI that he plans to face Liverpool so the likes of David de Gea, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could face Hull.
One player who isn’t going to play on Tuesday is Marcos Rojo after the Argentine was forced off during the weekend’s victory over Reading despite his injury believed to be not serious.