- Published: Monday, 09 January 2017 08:50
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he will bring back some of his big guns for the visit of Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The manager will freshen things up again following the 4-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup and confirmed Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all set to start against the Tigers, with Liverpool or Southampton awaiting the victors in next month's final.
"I play with the players that didn't play today," said Mourinho after Saturday's cup win. "I played with fresh players and I don't want to say anything about first choice or second choice but we played with fresh players, the players who didn't play against West Ham.
"In the next match against Hull City we are going to play again with fresh players. So it's easy to know our team - Zlatan, Pogba, Herrera, Valencia. The guys that didn't play today."
Of course, the boss is aware of the importance of next weekend's Premier League encounter with Liverpool but remains hungry to win every piece of silverware available.
"Hull face a semi-final, also a big occasion for them, and I don't know maybe for them, it's more important the match they have to play three or four days later in the Premier League [against Bournemouth]," he added.
"We play against Liverpool, a big match for us, but we want to be in the final. So we are going to face this Hull match with everything we have, all the power we have, as we know it's two legs but the second leg is away. If we can do something in the first leg that gives us the advantage, so we will try to do that."
Marcos Rojo could be a doubt for Tuesday's tie after being withdrawn due to an injury in the first half of the win over Reading.