Mourinho: The best team will win

By SFC Media Sat 25 Feb Man Utd vs Saints
Photo by Action Images | José Mourinho

Manchester United manager José Mourinho hopes his side’s desire will match Southampton’s, as the two teams prepare to go head-to-head in the EFL Cup final.

United remain involved in three other competitions this season, while Saints will be playing for their Premier League position after this game.

In his pre-match press conference, the Portuguese was quick to dismiss the notion that Saints want to win the competition more than he does. However, he knows his team must match the efforts of Claude Puel’s men if they are to have a chance of being successful on Sunday.

“If they want it more than us, they win, so we have to be sure they don’t want it more than us,” he told reporters ahead of the Wembley showdown.

“That’s the point. They want it a lot, of course they want it a lot. But I don’t think they want it more than us.

“So I think the best team on the pitch will win and it won’t depend on motivation.”

If United win then Mourinho will become the first manager in the club’s illustrious history to lift a trophy in his debut season.

The former Chelsea boss, who lifted this trophy in 2005, 2007 and 2015, is focusing on doing so again for the good of his club and not for personal glory, as he also bids to become the third manager to win the competition a fourth time.

United won the FA Cup last season to end a three-year run without lifting a trophy, and went on to win the Community Shield ahead of the current campaign too, but Mourinho says it’s important for the club to maintain their winning run in major finals.

“If is a big thing in football, but if we do then I think it’s more important that it’s about the club and not myself,” he explained.

“I have so many good things in my career that I wouldn't be influenced by a little detail, but the most important thing is the club and the club won a trophy last season, so let’s try to win another one this season.

“There’s also the quality and dimension of our football which is very important and I realise that by the fans’ reaction that it’s very important,” Mourinho added. “Their happiness, their connection and their empathy with the way the team plays, so it would be good for the group and good for the club.

“It would be also good for me obviously, but at the beginning of my career I was looking more to myself and my personal achievements, but now I’m in a period where I’m more and more and more a club man.”

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