By Dominic Toner

Manchester United have made seven changes to their starting XI against Hull in the EFL Cup semi-final.

United host Hull in the first leg of their semi-final and will be looking to make their home advantage count ahead of the return leg on 26 January.

Jose Mourinho has decided to make seven alterations to his team and has named a strong side, despite a Premier League game with title rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Manchester United have announced their starting line-up on their official Twitter account.

David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all come into the side.

Sergio Romero, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial have dropped out.

United will start the game as big favourites as they face a Hull side that are struggling at the bottom of the league.

Mourinho’s side have been in great form recently and have won their last eight games in all competitions, including a 4-0 demolition of Reading in the FA Cup third-round on Sunday.

They are now beginning to reach their top form after a difficult start to the season and are still hopeful of competing for the title.

United are currently sixth-placed in the Premier League table and need to claw a 10-point gap back on leaders Chelsea.

However, their attention will be firmly on the first leg against Hull as Mourinho aims to reach his first final with the club since his summer arrival.

In other Manchester United news, the referee has been named for the upcoming game against Liverpool.

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