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Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp in EFL final countdown

By Adam McKendry

Published 01/12/2016

Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Wayne Rooney (left) during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PA
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Wayne Rooney (left) during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PA
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) in action during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Marcos Rojo of Manchester United reacts during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2R) reacts after clashing with West Ham United's Spanish goalkeeper Adrian after scoring his team's first goal during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial reacts after failing to score during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) clashes with West Ham United's Spanish goalkeeper Adrian after scoring his team's first goal during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger warms-up during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Adrian of West Ham United makes a save from a Wayne Rooney free kick during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates after teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United scores the opening goal past goalkeeper Adrian of West Ham United during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United scores the opening goal past goalkeeper Adrian of West Ham United during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial warms up ahead of the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) clashes with West Ham United's Spanish goalkeeper Adrian after scoring his team's first goal during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic warms up ahead of the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United players pause for a one minute silence in honour of the victims of a plane crash, which was carrying aboard it members of the Brazilian team Chapecoense Real, when it crashed in Colombia, ahead of the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. The football world was plunged into mourning Tuesday after a plane carrying a Brazilian team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing 71 people, officials said. Colombia was investigating Wednesday what made a charter plane crash into its northwestern mountains, killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team and 20 journalists. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney warms up ahead of the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) scores his side's first goal of the game during the EFL Cup, Quarter Final match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PA
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (PA file photo dated 26-10-2016)
A view outside the stadium before the EFL Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 30, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the FA with improper conduct
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands against West Ham during their Premier League clash

Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are on course to meet in a Wembley final after Manchester United and Liverpool avoided one another in the semi-final draw for the EFL Cup.

United, whose convincing 4-1 win over West Ham secured their passage to the last four, will face Hull in their semi-final, while Liverpool will take on Southampton, who won 2-0 away to Arsenal.

It means the two enigmatic managers could face off in February's final at Wembley.

Mourinho was serving a touchline ban for his side's win last night at Old Trafford and watched from 'a secret place' as Henrikh Mkhitaryan showed his class by putting in a man of the match performance against the Hammers.

His deft backheel set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Red Devils' opening score, while the Armenian winger also provided an assist for Anthony Martial's first goal, with both strikers netting a brace apiece.

Elsewhere Arsene Wenger's wait for the League Cup trophy continues after Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand goals handed Southampton victory at the Emirates.

Reports:

EFL Cup of cheer for Manchester United boss Mourinho

Wenger stands by his decision to overhaul Arsenal line-up as classy Saints go marching on  

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