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Jose Mourinho: Bristol City ‘were a bit lucky’ to beat Manchester United

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United were defeated by Bristol City in the Carabao Cup

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jose Mourinho has claimed Bristol City were a ‘bit lucky’ to defeat Manchester United in their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.

Korey Smith scored an injury time winner to knock the holders out the competition, handing them a 2-1 defeat at Ashton Gate.

Joe Bryan had earlier opened the scoring for the hosts, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised for United with a free-kick that deflected past Luke Steele.

But as the seconds whiled away towards full-time, Smith broke into space in the area and was fed the ball, before sending a low finish into the far corner of Sergio Romero’s goal.

The general consensus is that Bristol City were deserving of the victory, though Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, feels they were a ‘bit lucky’ to defeat his side.

Mourinho said: "They were a bit lucky but they fought a lot to be lucky. They won the game in a moment where we have no possibilities to react. So I have to say they were a bit lucky.

"In the first half we hit the post twice before they scored the first goal but they played brilliantly. They fought like this was the game of their life, which probably it was. I think a beautiful day for football because a team from a lower division won and getting into a semi-final.

"A big day for them and a big day for their supporters so I congratulate to them. I don't want that I say they were a bit lucky to be the main thing of it. They main thing of it is that they won and they fought hard for that.

"In the first half we lacked intensity that they had and when I say intensity I say not just physical I say also mentally. For some of us was just one more day in the office. Probably a day that some of them don't even want to come to the office and for the Bristol boys was a big, big day for them.

"In the second half after their goal we were the best team. We reacted well, the players had their pride. They tried to win the game in the 90 minutes and they were very lucky to have the goal in the last seconds. I don't want the fact that I use the word lucky to be the most important thing. The most important thing is that the Championship team beat a club like Manchester United.

"And for therm a big night and in this club we know how to win and how to lose so we lose saying congratulations to them and good luck for the semi-final."

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