Manchester United kept their winning form going ahead of Sunday’s crunch game with Liverpool, with a 2-0 win over bottom of the table Hull City in the 1st leg semi-final of the EFL Cup at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has named strong teams throughout the competition, and this was no different as he included Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. With the Portuguese coach showing his intentions of winning more silverware in his first season in charge to add to the Community Shield they won in the summer. However, Manchester United didn’t have it all their own way, and Hull City restricted the hosts to two shots on target during the first half, both of which were well stopped by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic.
It wasn’t until 10 minutes into the 2nd half when Henrikh Mkyhitaryan headed the ball into the path of Juan Mata, who tapped in from close range as United took the lead. With time running out, it all but looked like Hull would go into the 2nd leg a goal down until, with minutes left, substitute Marouane Fellaini contacted with a Matteo Darmians cross to nod the ball into the net and put Manchester United one step closer to Wembley.
At the beginning of the match, all eyes were on Wayne Rooney after equalling Bobby Charlton’s all time goal scoring record against Reading at the weekend. Rooney had chances to claim that record 250th goal, just missing a chance after 10 minutes and another better opportunity in the 2nd half, although he was replaced on the hour.