|Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. — Photo independent.co.uk|
United ground out a 2-0 win against
United have now won nine games in succession, but with
"I was a bit disappointed with the first half," he said. "They were well organised defensively. It wasn’t easy for us, but we were a bit sloppy.
"We complicated things; always one more touch, delaying the decision, giving them time to regroup. It was not our best first half.
"I think in the first half the players have to do better, I have to do better, the fans they also can do better. In the second half we all improved a little bit, just a little bit.
"I think now about Sunday. And Sunday I need to do better, the players they need to do better and the stadium they need to do better."
United captain Wayne Rooney went into the game against Hull needing one goal to set a new club scoring record, having equalled Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249 in Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading.
His moment appeared to have arrived six minutes into the second half when he was picked out by Paul Pogba’s glorious pass, but he rattled his shot wide of the left-hand upright.
Juan Mata broke the deadlock five minutes later, ghosting in to volley home from close range after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had headed Antonio Valencia’s cross from the right back across goal.
Pogba left the post quivering with a free-kick before Fellaini netted a otentially pivotal goal with a header from Matteo Darmian’s in-swinging cross.
Ibrahimovic set to return
The Belgian midfielder had been booed by his own fans prior to coming on in United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur a month ago and he celebrated his goal by bear-hugging Mourinho on the touchline.
"I think he wanted to show that he knows how much I supported him in a couple of difficult moments for him," Mourinho told Sky Sports.
"It was probably because I told him he’d score the second goal. It was nice for him to score the second goal in front of the fans and a second goal that can be an important goal."
United were missing 18-goal top Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to illness, but Mourinho said he expected the Swedish striker to be fit to face
Fellaini’s goal was a body blow for
"Our dream is to play this final. It’s difficult, but when it’s time to play we’ll compete."
Silva said he was unaware of any developments regarding the
"In this moment we don’t want to sell important players," he said. "We need to improve our roster with quality players." — AFP