Jose Mourinho: What impressed me about Man United trio

Jose Mourinho singles out Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba for praise

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his trio of Manchester United midfielders for their performance in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils ended a three-game winless run to book their place in the League Cup quarter-finals after Juan Mata scored a second-half winner in the fourth-round clash.

Mourinho started with Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the heart of his United side for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders.

And the Red Devils trio impressed against a less experienced City side as Carrick captained the United team in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

Speaking at his post-match media conference following Wednesday night’s 1-0 win against derby rivals City, Mourinho singled out his midfield for special praise.

“We were getting confident step by step, we were starting to trust our defensive organisation,” Mourinho said.

“Then in the second half, especially Herrera, Carrick and Pogba, they increased the tempo.

“They started pressing higher.”

The 20-time English champions will host promoted side Burnley in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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The Red Devils are in seventh place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders City.

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