The advantage José Mourinho demanded from this first leg became far more comfortable when Marouane Fellaini doubled Manchester United’s margin of victory late on. As is the custom now the Portuguese’s side dominated their opponents and with the Belgian’s headed finish on 87 minutes now take a two-goal lead to the KCom Stadium for the EFL Cup semi-final second leg in a fortnight’s time.
Here was yet another win for a United side that are starting to purr on virtually every matchday. On this showing the club have every chance of reaching next month’s final and seeking a fifth triumph in the competition.
United went full tilt at Hull City instantly. Matteo Darmian raced along the left and pinged the ball into Juan Mata whose instant shot was saved well by Eldin Jakupovic to the goalkeeper’s right. This was indicative of the strut Mourinho has put into his side’s play. Each time they take the field now there is an expectancy they will emerge on top, the effect of a run that has now extended to nine consecutive victories and an unbeaten sequence of 15 games.
To underline that mood the home side came close to the opener just a few moments later. Marcus Rashford, who scored twice in Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading, scuffed an attempt and Wayne Rooney nearly connected for a record 250th United goal.