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Jose Mourinho insists Bristol City were 'very lucky' to beat Man Utd

22 December, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel were among the Leicester players visiting

Korey Smith netted a stoppage-time victor as the Championship promotion hopefuls booked a two-legged semi-final with Manchester City.

"It was a brilliant day for football - congratulations to them".

Only one lower league team (Bristol is in the Championship) has ever knocked out four top-flight sides in one League Cup campaign prior to today.

Mourinho, who led United to victory in the competition last term, also criticised his players for treating the game like "another day at the office", and even inferred that some of his squad played like they did not want to turn up.

Speaking after the defeat, he said: "They were a bit lucky but fought a lot to be lucky. It's a young group with real quality and energy and every single one of them will go down in the folklore of Bristol City football club".

He had picked a much-changed but strong side with big guns Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba back in the starting lineup but United found it a trying night and could not complain when local hero Joe Bryan put City ahead with a superb 51st-minute strike. I think they lost a good opportunity also to play semi-finals and also to have two more matches to play.

"In the first half we lacked intensity".

Lee Johnson has praised his Bristol City players for each doing "a man and a half's job" while knocking Man Utd out of the Carabao Cup.

United now will now have to pick themselves up when they visit Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday (7.45pm).

"Do the recent results against them give us extra motivation? Yes". Mourinho accused City's players of going to ground too easily and said match officials needed to be aware of City's "tactical fouling".

Alvaro Morata's victor against Bournemouth sent Chelsea into the last four.

Korey Smith's last-gasp victor sent Championship side Bristol City into the last four of the competition, prompting jubilant scenes at Ashton Gate. Chelsea hosts Arsenal on January 9 at Stamford Bridge and the second leg will be at Emirates Stadium on January 23, while Manchester City will play the first game at home on January 10 and the second leg will be played in Bristol on January 24.

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