Mourinho calls for end to League Cup

Doug Mendoza
September 23, 2017

Every competition is there to be won regardless of the mentalities and opinions of others.

He showed where the League Cup ranks on his priority list by making nine changes as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial scored United's goals. Burton did notch a consolation with virtually the final kick of the game through Lloyd Dyer after substitute goalkeeper Joel Pereira failed to deal with a high ball.

The Frenchman's future looked misty when he lost his place in the starting line-up last season, his on-pitch woes compounded by personal problems, but there's no way Jose Mourinho can ignore him now. With Shane Long, Marco Gabbiadini, Nathan Redmond and Charlie Austin there is plenty of speed and finishing power in this side and at the back Southampton have some solid players led by the want away centre half Van Djik.

"It puts them on the back foot and starts us off on the front foot and we wanted more goals after that".

Joe Mason's tame chip was comfortably saved by Sergio Romero on 26 minutes, and United nearly punished Burton immediately as Juan Mata struck the post.

And Mourinho, speaking at a press conference, noted that the style of play witnessed so far this season bodes well for a meaningful title challenge.

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Juan Mata, Rashford, Martial and Herrera all started for the Reds. It's natural that with such results Manchester is one of the championship leaders.

The wages account have risen, and so has the club's debt, but with the overall high in revenue that also includes retail, United will be optimistic for 2018. Eventual defending of the trophy would be a great boost for this team.

Manchester United, who trail City on goal difference, face what should be a much more hard test away at Southampton. He is delivering now and is an important part of the team.

As for the matches played by Burton Albion, it's not good to call them successful. Still, Lindelof did not have as much playing time and he will need game time in order to get accustomed to English football. Yet, this is not just talent we are talking about.

Four years on from that miserable night in Milton Keynes this is a very, very different Manchester United.

Manchester United are having a joyous time at the moment, with everything that has been happening on and off the field. "If we don't win it is because the opponents were better than us".

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