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Mourinho's reaction to Derby County cup exit

Tuesday 25 September 2018 23:32

Jose Mourinho lamented his team's failure to kill matches off, as the Reds fell out of the Carabao Cup to Derby County on a disappointing night at Old Trafford.

The manager also spoke about the lottery of the penalty shootout and Paul Pogba when he talked to MUTV and Sky Sports after the match.


"My words at half-time were similar to the words against Wolves. I told the players that the result was open and we needed to close it, but again we conceded one goal. The kid hit a fantastic shot, but then we had an immediate reaction. We hit the post, we created more chances, but then came the red card and then we were in more trouble. They scored the goal, we had a reaction of pride, of desire of trying and even with one less player we got an equaliser and then the penalty shootout is a lottery and we missed one. We knew that if we go past the seventh we were going to be in trouble with Jones, with Eric, with Lee - not good penalty takers - but we took it all well and we missed one."


"We are playing against good teams with good young players, with speed, with intensity, they give great intensity to the game. They wanted to press, they pressed for every goal and we need to respect, we need to match that mentality. I'm obviously sad with going out, but we didn't lose the match, which I think is important for us and the penalty shootout is always what we know."

Jose: "We needed more intensity" Video

Jose: "We needed more intensity"

The boss reflects on our Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby County.


"I was commenting with Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna] on the bench. We went in the first half 40 minutes without scoring a goal and then in the second half they started better than us. Immediately after they equalised we were on top of it, we started creating again, we were dangerous and why, after the 1-1, and then why after the 2-1, even with one man less, I think we need to educate ourselves to being mentally stronger."


"The new rules put the favourite team in more danger, because with a draw you had, in the past, 30 more minutes to play. Without the extra time you go straight to penalties and I think it goes against the team that normally in 30 minutes of extra time wins the match. So then you go to penalties and I never blame a player to lose a penalty, especially because we knew that when it goes in the direction of Jones, Eric Bailly, we would be in trouble then."


"I made the decision for Paul not to be the second captain anymore, but there is no fall-out, no problems at all. The same person that decides that Paul is not the second captain anymore was exactly the same person that decides that Paul was the second captain - myself. I am the manager, I can make these decisions. No fall-out at all, no problems at all. Just one decision that I don't have to explain."

United 2 Derby County 2 (7-8 on penalties)


Read our report as the Reds bow out of the Carabao Cup after an epic penalty shoot-out.