Manchester United manager Mourinho believes Carabao Cup should be taken off calendar

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United have had a hard few years since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement but Mourinho is starting to help the club get back to their former glories.

But let us not forget it was only four years ago Manchester United rung the changes for a League Cup tie only to suffer one of the biggest humiliations in their history.

He added: "So it's been great for me to be training in this kind of environment and I can only get better".

"If we keep performing we'll win many more".

"We'll decide tomorrow (Friday), but every single week Virgil is important because he is getting better", said Pellegrino.

There is a completely different backline from the one that started against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, including the starting goalkeeper, as Sergio Romero comes in to replace David de Gea.

United are the defending champions after Mourinho equalled Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough's record by winning a fourth League Cup against Southampton in February. We're pushing each other more and more.

"I think just the way they go about it and the way that they deal with things in such a no-nonsense manner", he said.

Last season, the Red Devils won their home fixture 2-0, but the corresponding fixture ended in a goalless draw.

"Paul Pogba has hit the ground running and the Rashford/Lukaku partnership have been firing on all cylinders which has been a massive part of our prolific form".

The United manager admitted he wanted to win the competition for a fifth time.

Virgil van Dijk made a surprise return to the Southampton squad for last weekend's win at Crystal Palace, making a late appearance off the bench.

"I would describe Southampton as solid but unspectacular so far".

"It puts them on the back foot and starts us off on the front foot and we wanted more goals after that".

He explained: "Southampton have had good managers: Mauricio Pochettino, Claude Puel, Ronald Koeman and now Mauricio Pellegrino".

"And I see tomorrow as a hard match".

  • Julie Sanders