Jose Mourinho's Manchester United had to dig deep for a victory in the first leg of the ‘English Football League’ cup semi-final when they hosted fellow Premier League side, Hull City at the Old Trafford.
Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini help Manchester United secure one foot in the final pending a second leg tie at the KCom stadium.
United pulled out the big boys for the match that saw them struggle to break down a resilient Hull City defense in the first half.
Juan Mata forced Hull goalie, Eldin Jakupovic into a fine stop in the half before Jakupovic superbly tipped over Pogba's long range drive.
Hull striker, Diomande struck the post in the first half after a fantastic delivery from Robert Snodgrass who was causing the United defense all sorts of problems with his set pieces.
Both sides went in level at half-time but United came firing in the second half with Juan Mata reacting quickest to a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan to put United in front.
Finally, Marouane Fellaini who came in as a substitute pounced on a Matteo Damian's cross to head home the second goal of the game and place United in a commanding position ahead of the return leg at the KCom Stadium.
Manchester United manager, ‘Jose Mourinho’ while speaking in the post-match conference stated that his boys needed to improve on the performance when they face Liverpool on Sunday, 15th January 2017 in the English Premier League.
"Maybe I didn't prepare the team right. I didn't give them enough intensity, and we had to change that at half-time. Maybe I should pay more attention to the dynamic of the game".
"We have to improve on Sunday. Today our performance was enough to win, but Sunday we all have to improve".
Newly appointed Hull City manager, ‘Marco Silva’ commended his boys for their performance despite the defeat.
"There have been only four training sessions with me and with many, many things to change, I'm happy with the work my players did during this game".
The second leg is scheduled for Thursday, 26th January 2017 with the winner on aggregate to face whoever emerges victorious in the game between Liverpool and Southampton.