Jose Mourinho loves winning the League Cup having already lifted it four times in his career - but he won’t be getting his hands on it this time around.
That’s because his Manchester United side were humbled by Championship side Bristol City on Wednesday night.
The Robins secured an injury-time 2-1 defeat to shock the holders and the footballing world.
Yes, Mourinho made a few changes but the Red Devils had more than enough quality on the pitch to win the match.
Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all played at least some part of the game but couldn’t make the difference.
Instead, it was left for Korey Smith to score a 93rd-minute winner to send Ashton Gate into delirium.
MOURINHO MADE NO EXCUSES
After the match, Mourinho didn’t have too many excuses and decided to praise his opponents.
“It was not very good but it was not such a bad performance that I can come here and be very critical of my players. I prefer to give credit to Bristol," he said.
“I studied their team. I made my players aware of their qualities. I think they were lucky. Before it went 1-0 we had two shots that hit their post an after it was 1-1 we the domination of the game and had the best of the chances.
“And then they scored the goal in a moment when we had no chance to fight back so they were lucky but they fought very hard and they are a very good team.
“So instead of being critical of my players, I prefer to praise Bristol City.”
PHIL NEVILLE FOUND AN EXCUSE FOR PAUL POGBA
However, there was one man that was looking to make excuses.
That man was sitting in the Sky Sports studio and goes by the name of Phil Neville.
The former Man United defender had to sit and analyse an embarrassing night for his boyhood club but found a reason why £89 million midfielder Pogba struggled in midfield.
The pitch was too dry.
"The pitch doesn't suit Paul Pogba. It's a little bit dry,” he said at half-time.
Too dry? He cost £89 million, he should be able to play in any conditions!
Of course, as you’d expect, Neville was ridiculed for his comments on Twitter.
Check out the reaction:
And here are Pogba's individual highlights as he failed to make an impact after coming back from a three-match suspension.
While he was defending Pogba on that occasion, Neville also insisted that the Frenchman was lucky not to get sent off for a studs-up tackle in the first 45 minutes.
"He got sent off for a tackle like this on Bellerin," he said.
"He’s got away with that there, because he’s not connected with the leg of Pack, he has slid across the thigh.
"If he’d connected with studs that'd be a red card and another three-game suspension so he's really lucky."
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