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Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan pleased with his performance against West Ham

08 December 2016

Jose Mourinho has revealed the inspiration half-time team talk he delivered to his Manchester United players on Wednesday.

Mourinho, whose side visit Everton in the Premier League on Sunday looking to narrow a gap between themselves and the top four that could extend to double figures, has praised striker Anthony Martial for his efforts to get back to form after a hard spell.

"I'm so happy with his performance today because it was against a Premier League team with Premier League qualities and characteristics", said Mourinho after the game, according to The Guardian.

"I told them at half-time, it's not possible to play so well and because of the goal, they stopped to play so well. But, in the second half, we got the confidence to play and win comfortable and play attractive, attacking football, which is something that the fans like".

It had started well for United with a goal after just two minutes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic following a flowing move. "So I'm really happy." he added.

Memphis Depay and Ashley Young were two noticeable absentees from the squad as even Bastian Schweinstieger managed his first appearance of the season when he came on as a substitute.

"We're playing very, very well at home and today was more of the same".

Hull, which was promoted via the Championship playoffs at Wembley last season, saw off Championship leader Newcastle United on penalties on Tuesday. But, of course we need to score goals'.

Get caught up on the Sunday Premier League matches, with Man United looking to stay in the hunt of the top four.

Manager Mourinho stayed out of sight after accepting a one-match touchline ban earlier in the day for his sending-off during Sunday's Premier League draw against the same opponents. Mourinho said: "We know the reason we bought him and were waiting for his reputation".

He could not be seen in the directors' box and when asked where he had watched the game, he said it was a "secret".