Jose versus the 'new Mourinho'

January 10, 2017
Jose Mourinho

LONDON (AP):

Jose Mourinho is preparing to face the man who has been dubbed the "new JosÈ Mourinho".

The Manchester United manager will lead his team against Hull today in the first leg of the League Cup semi-finals. Hull is coached by Marco Silva, a Portuguese manager who has drawn comparisons with Mourinho.

"I'm Marco Silva only," said Silva, who has been called a "kid friend" by Mourinho.

"He's a friend also," Silva said. "All Portuguese coaches are proud of him for what he did before and for me, what he continues to do in his career."

Hull have been struggling in the Premier League, sitting in last place with only 13 points, while United have won eight consecutive matches and next face Liverpool in the league on Sunday.

"We play against Liverpool, a big match for us, but we want to be in the (League Cup) final," Mourinho said. "So we are going to face this Hull match with everything we have, all the power we have, as we know it's two legs, but the second leg is away. If we can do something in the first leg that gives us the advantage, so we will try to do that."

Liverpool play at Southampton tomorrow in the other League Cup semi-final.

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