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Jose Mourinho praises Manchester United fans for their support – win, lose or draw!

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Manchester United beat Manchester City at the second time of trying, this time in the EFL Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. Juan Mata scored the winning goal of the match almost ten minutes into the second half. Manchester City failed to register a shot on target and have now seen themselves enter a precarious period after not winning a match in their last six, the first time Pep Guardiola has suffered this in his entire management career. United were defeated by Chelsea, who ran riot over Mourinho’s side scoring four goals, United’s biggest defeat this season. The victory over City, despite it only being by one goal will be a massive boost for the club as they now head into their next Premier League match against Burnley at Old Trafford with the win to boost them and the confidence to change their form in the league this season.

Jose Mourinho on his thoughts after the 1-0 victory over Manchester City:

“It is an important result because this is a knockout competition: if you lose you are out and if you win you are in. It is especially important because it was a way to create a better feeling for the absolutely wonderful fans that I have never seen before in my life. After the defeat at Chelsea, to have this support is incredible. The love that these people have for the club is bigger than the result, it is bigger than the success and the trophies. It is real love and it is real passion. I am very happy for them, I don’t care about myself. I am not happy because it is important for me, I am happy for the fans. I am happy for the players because they have absolutely everything. The performance was good, it was not phenomenal, but it was good. What was phenomenal was the spirit, the effort and the solidarity. This is the minimum that we can give to the fans.”

Mourinho on his players improving in the second half of the match:

“We found a better way to press them and to recover the ball. Step by step we were feeling more confident. We are used to playing with Bailly and Smalling, but we have lost both. We had to play with two left-footed central defenders and Marcos had not played for a while but he played phenomenal today. We were getting confident step by step, we were starting to trust our defensive organisation and then in the second half, especially Herrera, Carrick and Pogba, they increased the tempo. They started pressing higher. I thought Ander brought the team to different levels of intensity and pressing. Then we started recovering balls and being dangerous. Before the goal Pogba had a big chance. After the goal, Zlatan and Rashford had another big chance so we could have scored a second goal and killed the game. But I think it was better like this because it was a way for the players to go to the limit, to give everything, and for the fans to have that feeling. I know we have a game in two days and I know that the players had this run of Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Chelsea, City all within two days in between. But I think the fans deserved this from us and I am really happy for them and for the players.”

Mourinho on the support of the supporters:

“It is real passion that doesn’t depend on results or the moments. It is easy to be a Man United fan when you win the Treble, when you win five titles in seven years. But it is not so easy when you lose 4-0 and this is incredible. The only thing I can say is that I couldn’t be prouder than I am to be Man United manager. Like I wrote in my [programme] notes, after such a bad result the only way I know is to fight. We are going to fight and the players did that for the fans. The fans did that for the fans too because they also played this game. This was not the Champions League final. It is just the League Cup last 16, but it was against City and it was after a big defeat so it was very important for us.”

Manchester United will face West Ham United in the next round of the EFL Cup, against to be played at Old Trafford. Ander Herrera, one of the players who made a difference against Manchester City spoke about their next match in the league cup, saying:

“We faced West Ham four times last season – they are not in as good a moment as then but they have the players and the quality, and sooner or later the quality is going to come out. We have to control the very good players they have.”

Michael Carrick, speaking via his personal Twitter account spoke of the victory over Manchester City, saying:

Ander Herrera also spoke about the victory over the noisy neighbours, speaking to MUTV, saying:

Juan Mata, who scored the winning goal in the 54th minute of the match was named the club’s Man of the Match in a vote held on Twitter after the match.

Ander Herrera also tweeted this to pay tribute to his teammate and compatriot, also the goalscorer – Juan Mata:

Manchester United face Burnley in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday 29th October 2016, KO 15:00 BST. This is the first match played at the traditional time on a Saturday this season, also meaning it is the first match not to be shown live on television in the United Kingdom. United will be up for the challenge and will surely aim to cut the lead of their rivals and try to better their league position.

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