superfly green At a venue where they have drawn four successive
Premier League games, United's territorial dominance for once translated into a
comprehensive 4-1 victory that came courtesy of braces from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and the recalled Anthony Martial.
It was a success that came without Mourinho's prowling presence on the
touchline following the news he had accepted a one-match ban for his antics in
the fixture between these two clubs three days earlier.
And though he may not have seen the performance at close quarters, Mourinho
declared himself pleased with the cup victory which sent United into a last-four
meeting with Hull.
Superfly V black "I'm pleased with the goals because the
performance is something we're used to," he said on Sky Sports 1.
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black "We're playing very, very well at home and today was more of
the same. After their goal we had 10 minutes where we felt it deeply and the
players on the pitch couldn't hide that because West Ham's first shot they
Proximo II "But in the second half the team got again the
confidence to play and we won comfortably playing beautiful attacking football,
which is something the fans like but we need results.
"Goals plus performance means the real happiness."
Banned from the touchline and the dugout – for the second time this month -
Mourinho was not seen in the Old Trafford directors' box either, though he
revealed he was able to relay his thoughts to his coaching team.
Asked where he witnessed United's win, he replied: "It's a secret. I was in
contact with the bench.
"Yesterday (Tuesday) we worked really well and everybody was prepared. At
half-time I could be face to face with the players and on top of that I trust my
assistants to pass on the information we need. I'm really happy with the
Wherever he was, there were plenty of positives for Mourinho to draw upon,
not least Martial's response to having been left out of the previous two United
squads and a late cameo, the first of the season, for the popular Bastian
black Wayne Rooney was also bright, although his wait to equal Sir
Bobby Charlton's all-time United of 249 goals will carry on until at least next
week due to a suspension that will rule him out of the trip to Everton at the