Jose Mourinho is fired up ahead of Manchester United‘s Carabao Cup tie against Derby County tonight.

Manchester Untied are struggling in the league with Mourinho coming under fire again following their 1-1 draw with Wolves over the weekend. The Carabao Cup will be a welcome distraction for him and one that the Portuguese manager is looking forward to.

Mourinho has revealed his love for cup competitions, claiming to Sky Sports that he enjoys the burden of knockout formats:

Mourinho has spoken up on his love for the high pressure scenarios cup competitions cause

Mourinho has spoken up on his love for the high pressure scenarios cup competitions cause

Mourinho has spoken up on his love for the high pressure scenarios cup competitions cause

 The Carabao Cup will be a welcome distraction from United's struggles in the Premier League

 The Carabao Cup will be a welcome distraction from United's struggles in the Premier League

 The Carabao Cup will be a welcome distraction from United’s struggles in the Premier League

‘I like the cups. I like the feeling of the knockout: you win you are in the competition, you lose you are out. I like that pressure and honestly I think fans also like it.’

The Manchester United boss knows a thing or two about cup competitions, having won the EFL Cup with the club back in 2017. He will also know the toll those competitions can take on a squad and will undoubtedly rotate for the mid-week fixture.

He admitted it’s a relief that he doesn’t have to worry about extra time in the Caraboa cup: ‘In this moment you don’t even have the possibility of, after a draw, playing 30 more minutes – you go straight to a penalty shootout which obviously is a 50/50 situation.

‘I think it’s good because no extra-time, no more extra minutes that we already have, especially the teams that are playing European competitions and especially when it goes to the end of the competitions – extra-time is really, really difficult.’

Tonight his squad will travel down to Derby where he will meet his former star player at Chelsea, Frank Lampard. This is Lampard’s first season in the dugout and he has gotten of to a reasonably good start with he Rams. 

Mourinho will take his squad down to Derby where he will meet former player, Frank Lampard

Mourinho will take his squad down to Derby where he will meet former player, Frank Lampard

Mourinho will take his squad down to Derby where he will meet former player, Frank Lampard

Mourinho didn’t say too much about facing his former comrade but does believe that Lampard will do well in his new role: ‘When Frank goes there he goes with the intention of being promoted. 

‘He has experienced players, he has good players coming from good academies like Chelsea and Liverpool. They are playing well, they are in the fight for promotion and we all know that a fight in that competition will be for promotion, for play-offs and will last until the end.’

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