​Jose Mourinho insisted his Manchester United players, himself and the Old Trafford crowd need to improve ahead of their big Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday - after seeing his side beat Hull City 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Mourinho thought his side lacked composure and intensity in the match with the Tigers, telling ​Sky Sports: "I think we were a bit sloppy, we complicated things with always one more touch, always delaying the decision and giving them time to regroup. 

Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

"And it was not our best first half. I think in the first half the players have to do better."

He admitted they improved in the second half, in which their goals came from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini - but as Mourinho said, "We all improved a little bit, just a little bit."

Mata opened the scoring in the 56th minute but Mourinho was not impressed with his side's celebrations of the goal, adding: "In cup ties every goal can be crucial, why celebrate when you have half an hour to play?"

Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

As well as questioning the players after the Hull game, he wanted an improvement from the fans, as he felt the Theatre of Dreams lacked atmosphere in the 2-0 win: "Now this game is over, I think about Sunday. And Sunday, I need to do better, the players need to do better and the stadium has to do better too. 

"Everybody likes big games - players, managers, fans...everyone loves big matches so let’s go for that one on Sunday."

Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

Mourinho was happy with their ninth consecutive win, but said to make it 10 they need to step up their performance against Liverpool - who visit them this weekend.

He added: "Nine victories is obviously very important, six in the Premier League so let’s try 10, seven in the Premier League. But I think we all have to improve if we want that."


After Fellaini made it 2-0 with his headed effort, the Belgian international - who has had a tough time recently - showed his appreciation for the manager celebrating with him. 

The United manager commented on this too, saying: "I think he wanted to show that he knows how much I supported him in a couple of difficult moments for him."

Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

Mourinho went on to all but confirm out of favour Morgan Schneidetrlin's exit, after the Manchester club accepted a bid in the region of £22m for the midfielder to reunite him with former manager Ronald Koeman on Tuesday night.

He said: "No details but before the match I was informed by Mr (Ed) Woodward that the situation is to close, so Morgan is more than probably going to Everton."