Jose Mourinho reacts to Man United’s 4-1 win over Burton
The Manchester United manager reiterates his commitment to winning the League Cup this season
Jose Mourinho reiterated that Manchester United will be taking the League Cup seriously this season after Wednesday night’s 4-1 win against Burton.
The Red Devils eased to a comfortable victory over the League Two opponents to book their place in the fourth round courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
Manchester United are looking to defend their League Cup title after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late goal sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Southampton in the final at Wembley last season.
The Red Devils are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson lifted the top-flight crown for the final time in his long, decorated career.
Manchester United haven’t won the Champions League since 2008 and look in good shape to challenge on both fronts in the 2017-18 season.
However, Mourinho was keen to reaffirm his commitment to defending their League Cup crown despite more prestigious trophies up for grabs and realistic targets this term.
“If the competition is an official competition then it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager,” Mourinho told his post-match media conference.
“We have this competition, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents and a lot of us are trying to do our best.”
Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season but won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge.
The Red Devils have signed Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic in the summer transfer window.