Jose Mourinho lauded Manchester United’s supporters after his team put the disappointment of their 4-0 humiliation at Chelsea behind them to sink Manchester City in England’s League Cup.
Sunday’s defeat at Chelsea, Mourinho’s former club, was United’s worst in the league for five years, but they bounced back to beat holders City 1-0 on Wednesday courtesy of Juan Mata’s 54th-minute goal.
Mourinho made a gesture of apology to United’s fans at the end — making a ‘4-0’ symbol with his fingers and lowering his head — and said he had been moved by their backing.
“We were on a good run of results, but it was a big defeat,” said the United manager, whose side had gone six games unbeaten prior to coming off the rails at Stamford Bridge. “(They are) numbers that the history of this club doesn’t deserve and when I’m in a club my heart belongs to the fans and I felt deeply for them. The reality is that I never had people like these ones.“We lost 4-0 and they were supportive. Today the stadium was full of real support and it looks like the love people have for the club is bigger than bad results, bigger than three bad seasons. “We must give something back. The players gave everything, but even if we’d lost the feeling was fantastic because the players showed they really care and they fought for the fans.”
Mourinho spoke to television reporters after the game at Old Trafford, but did not appear at his post-match press conference. United did not offer an explanation. Read more