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It hurts me to drop players, says United boss Mourinho

It hurts me to drop players, says United boss Mourinho

Mourinho was absent from the dugout for the match after being handed a one-game touchline ban hours before kickoff, a punishment being sent to the stands against West Ham in a Premier League fixture at the weekend.

"After the West Ham goal we had 10 minutes where we felt it deeply".

"Goals plus performance means the real happiness".

United will take on Hull over two legs in the semi-finals on January 10 or 11 and Jan 24 or 25 to decide who plays Liverpool or Southampton in the final.

The game at Old Trafford notably saw Bastian Schweinsteiger make his first appearance of the season for United as a late substitute.

West Ham had needed less than two minutes to take the lead in Sunday's game, but on this occasion United were the early birds.

Wayne Rooney's reverse pass found Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose backheel sent Ibrahimovic through on goal and he beat Adrian easily from close range in the second minute.

It proved a costly miss as the visitors drew level five minutes later as Dimitri Payet cut inside from the left flank before firing off a shot that was parried back into the danger area by David De Gea and Fletcher was on hand to score on the rebound from close range.

A disappointing evening for West Ham was worsened by the sight of Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio going off injured.

Ibrahimovic was the architect with a fine pass down the inside-right channel for Antonio Valencia, whose cross was tapped in by Martial.

The only source of regret for United was a booking for Rooney that rules him out of Sunday's trip to Everton, nixing his hopes of scoring a club record-equalling 249th goal against his old side. Asked what Wenger said, Saints boss Puel said: "Just now to go on and win this cup".

"The important thing is to play good and feel good and give the guys the confidence so they feel comfortable when they're playing. It's January so now we forget this semi-final, but hopefully we can reach the final".

"I am pleased with the goals; the performance, we are used to", said Mourinho, who added that his team produced "beautiful, attacking football". "We didn't have enough urgency in the first half and were weak in some departments".

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