Three changes Mourinho must make against Hull

Oh, yes its that time again. Christmas chaos around the Premier League has becalmed, with the fixture carnage now focusing on cup football. After the FA Cup Third Round weekend was led by misty-eyed nonsense, we return to the League Cup – the competition seemingly hated by half the clubs involved and devalued to the point of being worthless.

It is, of course, far from worthless. A viable trophy that clubs can actually lift before spring time has even begun and one that should be paid far more respect. Jose Mourinho is one manager that has had a love affair with the League Cup. It was the cornerstone of his initial success at Chelsea over a decade ago and he has seldom shown the disdain for it that many other managers do.

In a season of relative disappointment, Mourinho needs a trophy. An upturn in form of late does not change the fact that the title is out of Manchester United’s reach, even at this stage, and poor performances earlier this season have not been forgotten.

With the out-of-sorts Hull City their two-leg semi-final opponents, progression to Wembley should be straightforward, so maybe he should change things up…