Manchester United take on Hull City on Thursday evening, in their semi-final second leg in the newly-renamed EFL Cup. Jose Mourinho’s side lead 2-0 from the first game at Old Trafford, with the goals coming from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.
During that game, the Red Devils also had David de Gea to thank, as he made a couple of key saves to preserve that clean sheet. Now, the Spanish shot-stopper has been speaking about the possibility of yet another visit to Wembley, in a tournament he wants to win badly.
The 26-year-old has already bagged himself a Premier League title, and last season he added an FA Cup trophy to that as well. He also has a couple of Community Shield’s under his belt – and he’s desperate to complete the English set.
“It’s a special game as, if you win, you’re at Wembley and in another final,” he told MUTV. “It is one where we want to be there, of course. We played well at Old Trafford and scored two goals and they didn’t score. That was the most important thing, we are two goals in front, but we know we are going to be in a war in Hull. We’ll need to play good football.
“We had difficult games [in earlier rounds] against Manchester City and West Ham – they were not easy matches but we have been really good in the cup and played very well, especially against City. I think we deserve to be in the semi-finals.
“I really want to win that competition. I don’t have a League Cup winner’s medal and I am going to be really happy if we win it. We are always hungry. We are Manchester United. We’re always trying to be in the finals at Wembley because we always want to win.”
Without wanting to tempt fate, it does look as though we’re well on our way to reaching the final. However, if we get there it certainly won’t be an easy game. Southampton, who are in great form currently lead their tie against Liverpool by a 1-0 scoreline, and whoever wins that will obviously provide tough competition.
It’s now up to the players to focus on coming through the game at the KCOM comfortably and book that place in the Wembley showpiece – which could be an excellent way to start life under Jose Mourinho.