Jose Mourinho has talked of his pride in his Manchester United side, after they bounced back from last weekend’s drubbing at the hands of Chelsea to beat Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
Juan Mata’s second half strike proved the difference between the two sides as a strong United side eased past their local rivals in a match which saw Pep Guardiola make nine changes to his starting XI.
Speaking after the match – as reported by The Guardian – Mourinho told the press: “It was a big defeat with numbers that the history of this club does not deserve. I felt deeply for the fans because they were still supporting. It is easy to be a Man Utd fan when you are winning the treble or five titles in seven years, not so much when you are losing 4-0.
“That’s why I am proud today, the spirit of the supporters is phenomenal here, I never had people like these ones. The love the people have for the club is bigger than bad results and bigger than three bad seasons.
“We had to give something back and the players gave everything against City. Step by step we became more confident in the second half, we started pressing higher, the tempo improved and we had a greater intensity. This is not the Champions League final, it is only the EFL Cup, but to win against City gives everyone a better feeling.”
United will face West Ham at Old Trafford in the competition’s quarter finals, after the London side beat Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.
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