Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho stressed after his side’s EFL Cup victory over Hull the need for improvement from himself, his players and the club’s fans when the Red Devils host Liverpool on Sunday.
United beat Hull 2-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final first-leg at Old Trafford thanks to a 56th-minute Juan Mata effort and substitute Marouane Fellaini’s header three minutes from time.
Despite what he called an “important” result having been achieved, Mourinho agreed afterwards when asked if he felt there had been a sense of complacency on United’s part about the fixture.
And he said: “Maybe I didn’t do my job well to prepare the players for the game. Maybe I should bring more tension to the dynamic that prepares the game.
“But the players have to improve and I have to improve.
“And I am sorry to say I think the fans have also to improve for a big match on Sunday. Today, our performances were enough to win but for Sunday, we all have to improve.”
Continuing to look ahead to the Premier League clash with Liverpool, he added: “I always think that we are responsible for the fans’ participation in the game. It is our responsibility.
“If we play very, very well, very enthusiastic, the fans come to the pitch and play with us. When we didn’t play so well, with so much emotion and intensity, it is normal that the fans relax a little bit.
“We have amazing fans – I can only say fantastic things about them, especially because you see the real fans when the moment is not good, pushing us, supporting us. We have absolutely amazing fans.
“What I feel is that Sunday is a special match for us, a special match for the Manchester United fans – so my invitation is don’t come to the theatre, come to play with us.”