Jose Mourinho warns of ‘special motivation’ ahead of Man United v Wigan

The Manchester United manager is wary of the threat posed by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday afternoon

Jose Mourinho has warned his players that Manchester United can ill-afford to underestimate Wigan Athletic ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils will host the struggling Championship side who are managed by a familiar face to the Manchester club – Warren Joyce.

The Wigan boss previously coached Manchester United’s youth teams for eight years before he took over at The Latics in late 2016.

Manchester United booked their place in the EFL Cup final on Thursday night thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win against Hull City despite losing 2-1 to the Tigers on the night at the KCOM Stadium.

Speaking to the media ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Wigan at Old Trafford, Mourinho refused to underestimate the Latics.

“We know the difficulty to play against Championship teams,” Mourinho said.

“We played Wigan already in pre-season and now they are with Warren, who knows us well and will come with special motivation to play against his old club.

“I worked at the club with him for a few months but it was enough to know he’s a very nice man, a very passionate football man. He took the risk, accepted the challenge and left a good situation at this club.

“His team will be very aggressive, very well organised defensively and also emotional, like the manager is emotional, so it will be a difficult match.”

Manchester United are looking to defend their FA Cup crown after the Red Devils were 2-1 winners against Crystal Palace in extra time at Wembley last term under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils finished in fifth place last term.

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