Man Utd cruise into last four as banned Mourinho watches from ‘secret location’

Manchester United eased into the EFL Cup semi-finals as they beat West Ham with manager Jose Mourinho absent from the Old Trafford dugout.

The Portuguese, given a one-match touchline ban before the game, stayed out of view as United set up a last-four tie against Hull City.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic clipped in the opening goal inside two minutes before former United youngster Ashley Fletcher equalised as he pounced on David de Gea’s error.

Anthony Martial re-established the home side’s lead shortly after half-time, drilling Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass low into the bottom corner.

The France international stroked in Antonio Valencia’s low cross after a well-worked team move, with Ibrahimovic adding the gloss by tapping in with virtually the last kick of the game.

Mourinho will have been pleased with his side’s fluent attacking display, and even happy enough to bring on substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger for his first game since March.

Man of the match – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has struggled to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s side since his £26m summer move from Borussia Dortmund, but showed he is beginning to match the expectations placed on him. The Armenia captain set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener with a cheeky backheel for his first assist in a Red Devils shirt, then he also teed up Martial’s first goal. “We know the reason we bought him and waited for his evolution, I’m happy,” said Mourinho

BBC Sports

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