Mourinho: “I want to say that I’m really proud of my players”

Manchester United have fallen short in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after losing 1-0 to Chelsea. United didn’t have many chances in the game due to a sending off in the first half for Ander Herrera which made the game even harder for the Red Devils. The sending off for Ander Herrera was a real turning point of the game really, both teams started well and it looked like it was going to be a cracking FA Cup tie, but it was short-lived after a terrible decision to send of the Spaniard in the 35th minute.

Marouane Fellaini came on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan straight after the red card. Chelsea opened the scoring in the second half in the 51st minute after a long-range shot from N’Golo Kante and that goal was the one that settled the FA Cup tie. Marcus Rashford had the best chance United after some brilliant dribbling with the ball to get past Cahill, but his shot was saved by the foot of Thibault Courtois in the Chelsea goal. My view is that the game was ruined by an incapable referee who shouldn’t ref big games.

Mourinho on his pride for his players and the supporters:

“I want to say that I’m really proud of my players, I’m really proud of Manchester United fans. We have a very important match on Thursday and I want to rest a little bit to try to prepare the team as best we can for the Thursday match and that’s the most important thing.”

Mourinho’s reaction to Ander Herrera’s sending off:

“Everybody can analyse in different perspectives, everyone can do it in a different way, but I think we all watched the match until the red card. After the red card, then we can compare the decisions of these two yellow cards, in this case the second yellow card with ones that were not given. But I don’t want to go in that direction. This season Mr Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential, but with Manchester United we were a bit unlucky. In four matches, [we have had] three penalties and one red card in such an early moment of the game. But again I cannot change that, but I can try to interfere in the Thursday match [against Rostov] which is the match that is coming and now we have to rest.”

Mourinho on United’s game plan working eleven versus eleven:

“The game was completely under control [before the red card]. They couldn’t find what is their game. I keep saying their game is counter attack and when a team closes the spaces in between the lines and closes the full-backs, they have no qualities to be dangerous. In the second half with 10 men, we started with two up and they had a very important role in our attacking football, but also defending and building up from the three central defenders. Azpilicueta started coming up and creating situations where they brought us back, but even so we were brilliant in the way we played. We had two very good chances, the Marcus Rashford one was the biggest, and we were there. But I cannot be more proud of the players and the fans.”

Mourinho on the Chelsea supporters ‘Judas’ chants:

“They can call what they want, I am professional and I defend my club. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I am the number one. When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues, I become number two. But until this moment Judas is number one.”

Mourinho on not shaking the hand of Antonio Conte:

“If I see him here I will shake it. I didn’t because I thought my players deserved my action immediately and I our supporters also deserved our thanks to them, so it was that. I can promise you that if I see him out there I will shake his hand. I have nothing to speak with him at all, but to shake his hand, for sure I will do that.”

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