Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned his players against complacency ahead of their crucial EFL Cup final clash against Southampton.
The Red Devils are considered overwhelming favorites to win the fixture as the Saints are clear underdogs in the game. However, the Portuguese tactician has revealed that the team needs to be at their best if they want to win their first major trophy of the season.
Meanwhile, despite being underdogs, Southampton have managed to knock out both Leicester City and Liverpool as they strolled to finals. Both the teams are keen to get their hands on EFL Cup as it is one of the major trophies that is up for grabs in the country.
‘If Southampton want it more than us on Sunday then they will win the match,’ Mourinho said.
‘So we have to make sure that they do not want it more than us.
‘Of course they want it a lot. But I do not think that they want it more than us. I think the best team on the pitch will win and it will not depend on motivations.’
Manchester United were given more positive news by Mourinho as he insisted that Micheal Carrick will be available for the key game while Mkhitaryan is ruled out. The status of Phil Jones will be decided ahead of the game.
Jose Mourinho would be eager to win the cup as he would join Sir Alex as the joint highest record holder of the trophy, having won it thrice during his time at Stamford Bridge. He will also become the first manager ever to win a trophy at Old Trafford during his debut season.
Manchester United are the only team in England that are still playing across all the four competitions and will look to add more silverware this season after considered as favorites in Europa League and FA Cup as well.