EFL Cup 2016/17: Jose Mourinho watched Manchester United's win over West Ham from a 'secret location'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watched his team demolish West Ham United in the EFL Cup from a “secret” place after receiving a touchline ban from the FA. When Sky Sports asked The Portuguese manager where he saw the game from, Mourinho replied, “It’s a secret.”
"I was in contact with the bench. Yesterday we worked really well and everybody was prepared. At half-time, I could be face to face with the players and on top of that I trust my assistants to pass on the information we need," Mourinho added.
The 53-year-old manager was given a £16,000 fine and was handed a one-match ban after he booted a water bottle during the 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League last week.
Jose Mourinho’s reaction was sparked by the referee’s decision to show Paul Pogba a yellow card for diving during the game against the Hammers in the Premier League. The FA later released a statement on Wednesday stating that the Manchester United manager had admitted a charge of misconduct during that game.
But the United boss was allowed to be in contact before the start of the EFL Cup tie with the Hammers stating that he was confident about his assistant Rui Faria’s ability to take care of things from the technical area.
"I don't comment. It's not the same to not be on the touchline but I gave everything I have to try and prepare the team the best I could. The rules allow me to be in touch with my colleagues on the touchline and to be in the dressing room before the game and at half-time, so I think I can do the job."
But the Red Devils manager got his revenge as his team knocked out the Hammers from the EFL Cup after Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored braces in the game. Manchester United will face Hull City in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup in January next year.
Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils have had a disappointing season so far with highly inconsistent performances on the pitch. The club is currently 6th in the English Premier League, eleven points off table-toppers Chelsea and ten points behind arch rivals Liverpool.
Manchester United’s hopes of mounting a title challenge looks like a far off possibility given the massive difference in points between them and their rivals. However, the Red Devils will fancy their chances of lifting the EFL Cup this season after having won the FA Cup last season under Louis Van Gaal.
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