Jose Mourinho says clubs would be fresher without Carabao Cup

English clubs in Europe could benefit by not playing in the Carabao Cup, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager made nine changes but still fielded a strong side as the holders beat Championship side Burton 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Mourinho told 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.”

United beat Southampton to win the League Cup last season for the fifth time – Mourinho’s fourth success – and the former Chelsea boss wants to win it again this season.

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