'Don't come to the theatre' - Mourinho's message to United fans
Jose Mourinho gave the Manchester United fans a polite public dressing down after his team secured a 2-0 advantage in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Hull at Old Trafford.
United boss Mourinho suggested that that all associated with the club ‘needed to do better’ after a stuttering display that only came to life as Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini scored second half goals that left United in pole position to secure a place in next month’s Wembley final.
The United boss admitted he was disappointed with his side’s first half showing and he included the Old Trafford faithful in his criticism as he summed up his mood half way through a match that ended with a ninth successive win for his team.
“In the first half the players have to do better, I can do better, the fans can do better,” he told Sky Sports.
“When we play Liverpool on Sunday, we all have to do better again. I need to be better, so do the players and also the fans.
“My invitation is don’t come to the ‘theatre’; come to play, to play with us.
“In the second half, we improve just a little bit. I was expecting a difficult match. I was not expecting to win by four or five. 1-0 would have been a good result, but 2-0 is even better. We are not at Wembley, but maybe the second goal could be very important.”
Mourinho’s criticism of his own fans is reminiscent of his verbal jabs at Chelsea supporters during his reign as Stamford Bridge boss, with his latest comments clearly designed to fire up United fans ahead of the showpiece game against Liverpool on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mourinho confirmed that his midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is on his way to Everton, after the club’s executive vice-chairman told him that a fee had been agreed between the two clubs.
“Before the match I was informed by Mr Woodward that the situation is close,” he added. “So Morgan is more than probably going to Everton.”
Mourinho also suggested that the illness which kept his lead striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the sidelines for the game against Hull will not affect his participation in Sunday’s game against Liverpool.