Mourinho demands better from Man Utd fans ahead of Liverpool visit


The Red Devils are in good shape to book their place in the EFL Cup final, but the Portuguese manager is not impressed by his side’s own fans

 Jose Mourinho has demanded a better Old Trafford atmosphere when Manchester United play Liverpool after Hull City were despatched amid eerie EFL Cup acoustics.

Goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini saw off a patchwork Hull side on Tuesday as United put one foot in another Wembley final.

A ninth win in succession was met with a lukewarm response through much of the contest from the home fans, despite Mourinho’s gesturing for the volume to be raised at half-time.

And with Liverpool arriving at Old Trafford on Sunday in a fixture between sides separated by five points in the Premier League table, Mourinho wants the crowd to fire up.

“I was disappointed yes, [Hull] were very well organised defensively as I was expecting and it was not easy for us,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“But I think we were a bit sloppy, complicating things, always one more touch, delaying the decision, giving them time to regroup and it was not our best first half.

“I think in the first half the players have to do better, I have to do better, the fans can also do better.

“Second half we all improve just a little bit. The game is over, now I think about Sunday and on Sunday I have to do better, the players need to do better and the stadium has to do better.”

Hull played with midfield pair David Meyler and Tom Huddlestone in defence as injuries bite hard at the start of Marco Silva’s reign, but Mourinho did not anticipate his compatriot rolling over.

“I was expecting a difficult match,” he said.

“I wasn’t expecting four or five, 1-0 for me would always be a good result but 2-0 is obviously better.

“We are not at Wembley but the second goal is maybe an important goal.”

Meanwhile, the manager has confirmed that Man U midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin is close to joining Everton.

The Red Devils boss has revealed that the midfielder is set to join the Toffees this month after the two sides reached an agreement over a fee

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Morgan Schneiderlin is “more than probably going to Everton”.

The 27-year-old is set to move to the Toffees after the two sides reached an agreement over an initial £22 million deal that could rise to £24m, and Mourinho has admitted that the France international is on the move.

“No details,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after goals from Jaun Mata and Marouane Fellaini gave his side a 2-0 win over Hull City in the first-leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

“But before the match I was informed by [executive vice-chairman] Mr [Ed] Woodward that the situation is close. So Morgan is more than probably going to Everton.”

Schneiderlin has featured just eight times for United this season, but has spent only 11 minutes on the field in the Premier League.

Morgan Schneiderlin

The former Southampton player was more heavily involved last season under Louis van Gaal, though, making 29 appearances in the English top flight.

A £25 million  signing from the Saints in 2015, Schneiderlin was the subject of a bid from West Brom this month that was rejected, prompting Everton to push ahead and reach an agreement.

He attended Everton’s training ground to undergo tests last Friday and looks set to team up with Ronald Koeman, who coached him at Southampton, once again.


“I will allow them to leave if the right offer comes,” Mourinho told a press conference last week. “Until this moment? No.

“Is this a good situation? No. Why not? Because I don’t think about them as options in this moment.”

While Scheiderlin’s move appears imminent, Memphis’ future remains unclear, with the latest reports in France stating Lyon have been told they will have to pay €17m for him.


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