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Jose Mourinho summed up his overriding emotion as real happiness after Manchester United comfortably saw off West Ham to reach the EFL Cup semi-finals.
The Reds ran out 4-1 winners at Old Trafford - courtesy of doubles from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial - to set up a meeting with Hull City in the last four.
Mourinho spoke to MUTV after the game, commenting on both the semi-final draw and the victory over the Hammers...
A PLEASING PERFORMANCE
We won comfortably with beautiful, attacking football. Goals plus performance equals real happiness. 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 this was more of the same. I think that, after their goal, we had 10 minutes where we felt it. The players couldn’t hide that, because West Ham equalised with their first shot, but in the second half the team got the confidence to play again.
The beauty of our attacking football is more of the same match after match but this time with goals, like against Feyenoord. One of the things I proposed to myself was to come to such a club like Manchester United who play the kind of football that people want, because it’s Manchester United tradition, so I’m really happy with that.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
At half-time, I said ‘forget the [West Ham] goal, we are playing so well’. We had to keep confident and forget the goal, forget the fact that we should be winning. I wanted us to continue with confidence and in the second half we had goals.
It hurts me, it hurts me. It hurts me a lot to leave [Memphis] Depay and Ashley Young at home. It hurts me a lot like last week, when I had to leave out Martial, and next week I’ll leave another one. We have so many players for these positions and it’s good for me but it’s bad for them. Football players want to play matches and I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me.
“It’s over two legs, so I was calm with the draw. If the teams arrive at this stage, it’s because they put a lot [of emphasis] on the competition. The two legs bring a little bit of emotion to the draw, because the situation of playing at home or playing away doesn’t exist anymore, you have to play at home and away. I’m sure Hull City have an amazing memory of Wembley and from last season, and they’ll try everything to be there again. We were there last season and in August - it’s something that a club like United are used to, getting back to Wembley on a regular basis. We are going to try; it’s in January, so for now we forget this semi-final that we have to play, but hopefully we can reach the final.”