Jose Mourinho's nightmare run is over.
Rarely has Manchester United beating a newly-promoted League One club been such a big deal, but the Red Devils' 3-1 victory over Northampton in the EFL Cup will have come as a huge relief nonetheless.
Unfortunately, beating the Cobblers doesn't prove quite as much as a derby victory over City would have, so it's no surprise that Mourinho still wasn't in the best of moods after the game.
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The Special One's been under fire for his team selection and tactics in recent days, with many fans and pundits alike suggesting he might have even lost his magic after all these years.
As usual, Wayne Rooney faced the brunt of the criticism after another uninspiring performance from the skipper, but Mourinho's decisions are always going to be picked apart in a week when United have struggled so badly.
The Portuguese is clearly not happy with suggestions that he might not be so special after all, and in classic Mourinho style, he used his post-match interview to hit out at his critics.
“We had a bad week," he said, as per the Sun.
"I know that the world is full of Einsteins, I know that they tried to delete 16 years of my career, they tried to delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United Football Club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that’s the new football, it’s full of Einsteins.”
Incredible. You can't deny the United boss has an incredible record, having won the league in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain, to add to two Champions League trophies.
It's the last year that has been a little questionable, though, following his collapse at Chelsea and his early struggles at Old Trafford.
Mourinho's rant came after Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, and Marcus Rashford scored the goals to send United through, even if Northampton looked like a potential banana skin with the game at 1-1.
United can now look forward to three home games in a row, but that doesn't mean the pressure's off. They welcome champions Leicester City on Saturday, and anything less than three points will be a field day for the "football Einsteins" yet again.
Has the criticism of Jose Mourinho been deserved? Is he still at the top of his game? Have your say in the comments.
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