United sees off West Ham to book spot in cup semis

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against West Ham.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against West Ham. Nigel Roddis

FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his team will not focus on the semi-finals of the English Football League Cup after easing past West Ham 4-1 at Old Trafford in the last eight.

United will now play Hull City in the last four early next year, but Mourinho, who watched the match from a secret location as he was serving a touchline ban, said the players must now forget about the cup.

"The two legs take a little bit of emotion out of the draw, because the situation of playing away or home doesn't exist any more,” said the Portuguese.

"I'm sure (Hull) City have an amazing memory from Wembley (in the 2014 FA Cup final) and I'm sure they'll try everything to be there again.

"Manchester United were at Wembley last season. It's January so now we forget this semi-final, but hopefully we can reach the final.”

Doubles from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial sealed the win for United, while Southampton won 2-0 at Arsenal in the other quarter-final to set up a last-four clash with Liverpool.

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