Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho questions need and desire to play EFL Carabao Cup
Posted: 21 September 2017 Time: 12:19
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has questioned whether the Carabao Cup is a worthwhile venture for teams already competing in Europe.
The Red Devils made light work of Burton Albion on Wednesday as they cruised to a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, setting up a fourth-round tie away to Swansea City at the end of October.
Mourinho, though, is not quite convinced by the need for his side to contest the League Cup, telling BBC Radio 5 live: "If you ask me 'could English football survive or be even be better without this competition?' Maybe.
"Maybe we would be fresher for European competition."
Mourinho, though, remains determined to defend the title they won last season, adding: "If the competition [League Cup] is an official competition then it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager.
"I want the players to think the same way. We have this competition, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents and a lot of us are trying to do our best.
"If we can win it, we win it. If we don't win it it's because the opponents are better than us."