Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that his team will have to improve from Tuesday night’s performance if they are to beat Liverpool on Sunday.
Mourinho’s men secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Hull City at Old Trafford in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final and took a giant step towards an appearance at Wembley next month.
However, for large parts of the game Manchester United looked lacklustre and failed to score in the first half against a makeshift back four that Hull had to field because of injuries.
Mourinho is already thinking about the next game and feels vast improvements are needed in terms of performance if his side are to beat Jurgen Klopp’s men at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Manchester United manager told MUTV: "Now this game is over, I think about Sunday.
“And Sunday, I need to do better, the players need to do better and the stadium has to do better too.
"Everybody likes big games – players, managers, fans; everyone loves big matches so let’s go for that one on Sunday.”
Manchester United are currently on a winning run of nine games in all competitions, their best run of form since 2009, and Mourinho is keen to stretch it to ten against the Reds at Old Trafford through an improved performance.
"Yeah nine victories are obviously very important, six in the Premier League so let’s try ten, seven in the Premier League.
"But I think we all have to improve if we want that."
Liverpool are second in the Premier League table, five ahead of Manchester United in sixth and have lost just twice in the league this season.