Manchester United have a two-goal lead to defend in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City on Thursday night, thanks to goals by Juan Mata and Maroaune Fellaini at Old Trafford. A trip to Wembley beckons for Jose Mourinho’s men, but United midfielder Michael Carrick is wary of the suggestion that they have already booked a place in next month’s final.
In quotes on Manutd.com, Carrick said: “It’s definitely not over, we all know that. We are telling ourselves that. I think we’ll be pretty much full strength and will approach the game like it’s a 0-0 and starting from scratch.
“It’s dangerous when you go in there defending a lead to tell yourself this result will do or that result will do, or we can afford to do this or that. We need to approach it like any other game, keep our focus and intensity and try to win the game.”
United and Hull will know the identity of one of this year’s finalist by the time they kick off on Thursday night, with Liverpool facing Southampton on Wednesday looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.