Jose Mourinho has insisted that only three points will be acceptable for Manchester United against Hull City on Wednesday night.
Last week’s visit to the KC Stadium saw Mourinho’s men succumb to a 2-1 defeat, putting an end to Man United’s 17-game unbeaten run.
The result, whilst bitterly disappointing, was still enough to send United through to the League Cup final against Southampton on February 26.
But Mourinho noted that anything other than a win on Wednesday night would be unacceptable for the home side.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2017
Games like this can emerge as galling stumbling blocks for sides looking to break into the top four: a midweek game under floodlights, being expected to win comfortably against a side that will, no doubt, look to sit back and hold firm from minute one.
United will need to be ruthless during the opening stages, replacing the complacency shown against Marco Silva’s side last week with a renewed sense of raw determination going forward.
The 54-year-old’s side finally found their attacking groove in the second half against Wigan Athletic last weekend, claiming three quick goals as Mourinho saw his side cruise to a 4-0 victory, and supporters will want to see their side pick up from where they left off on Wednesday night.