JUAN STEPCLOSER; 'Moyes Boys' Mata and Fellaini Grab the Goals but This Is Now Very Much Mourinho's Team Who Took a Giant Stride towards Wembley

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JUAN STEPCLOSER; 'Moyes Boys' Mata and Fellaini Grab the Goals but This Is Now Very Much Mourinho's Team Who Took a Giant Stride towards Wembley


Byline: DAVID McDONNELL

THIS is unmistakably Jose Mourinho's Manchester United now, after a ninth straight win put them on the brink of the EFL Cup final.

But it was goals from signings by the much-maligned David Moyes - who lasted just 10 months at Old Trafford - that saw United plant one foot on the Wembley turf.

Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini scored the goals that will give Mourinho a shot at a fourth League Cup triumph - and a first trophy at United - to stand alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough. Despite the win, however, Mourinho was in no mood to celebrate, berating his players for celebrating Mata's goal with 34 minutes left, and the crowd for a perceived lack of enthusiasm.

Mourinho had a point, with Old Trafford strangely subdued for a semi-final, the football failing to ignite the famous stadium as the home side dominated without ever excelling.

Record PS89million signing Paul Pogba ran the game from midfield, showcasing his majestic vision, range and execution of passing - but there was little else to excite the crowd. Mata's goal gave United the lead their dominance deserved, but it wasn't until substitute Fellaini's 87th-minute header that the home fans could finally relax.

Hull, ravaged by injuries, illness and players on Africa Cup of Nations duty, could only name six substitutes, such was the depleted nature of newlyappointed boss Marco Silva's squad.

Against that backdrop, the Tigers deserved huge credit for limiting United to one goal, until Fellaini effectively killed the tie with his looping header, followed by a touchline embrace with Mourinho.

If Mourinho was concerned about a lack of atmosphere, his cleverly-timed message ensured there will be no such worries for Sunday's visit of arch-rivals Liverpool, where the air will be thick with acrimony and the decibel level as high as it can go.

But United made a blistering start and could have been ahead after 90 seconds, Matteo Darmian finding Mata, whose first-time shot was palmed away superbly by Eldin Jakupovic.

Hull could ill-afford to lose any more players, but they were forced into a change in the 16th minute when midfielder Marcus Henriksen suffered a shoulder injury after what looked to be a 50-50 challenge with Pogba.

United squandered another chance when Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot wide, after fine build-up play from Wayne Rooney, Darmian and Mata. Mourinho's side laid siege to the Hull goal, with Pogba forcing a fine save from keeper Jakupovic, while Marcus Rashford sent a dipping shot just over.

Hull made a rare foray towards the United goal just after the half-hour, with Adama Diomande heading against a post, although he was ruled offside. Sub Abel Hernandez had a chance to put the visitors ahead just before the break, but his angled shot was gathered by David de Gea.

Pogba produced a majestic crossfield ball five minutes after the restart, picking out Rooney with unerring accuracy, the United skipper applying an equally impressive first touch. …

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