Jose Mourinho believes Championship side Bristol City “were lucky” to defeat Manchester United in the League Cup on Thursday morning.
A 93rd minute goal from midfielder Korey Smith saw Lee Johnson‘s side progress from the quarter-final clash in shocking fashion, after Joe Bryan opened the scoring and Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised.
The ‘Special One’ pointed to two of United’s opportunities which struck the woodwork earlier in the match, however, admitted that Bristol showed a level of resolve they were not expecting.
“I think they were lucky,” Mourinho told reporters after the match.
“Before the 1-0 we had two [shots hit] their posts, after the 1-1 we had all the dominance of the game and we had the best chances.
“Then they score the goal in a moment where we have no chance to fight back, so they were lucky.
“But they fought really hard – they are a very good team.”
Opting to field a lineup featuring fringe names such as Victor Lindelof for the contest, Mourinho did not hide his disappointment in those names he felt had not made the most of their starting XI opportunity.
“The reality is that the players that were on the pitch were the ones that were not in the last match,” he added.
“They are the ones that not going to be in the next match. I think they lost a good opportunity also to play semi-finals and also to have two more matches to play.
“But I don’t want to blame the players at all because I think they were professional – it wasn’t a case of ‘we don’t care about the game’ or ‘we don’t have responsibility’ or ‘we don’t have pride’.
“I think they showed they had that after the 1-0 [the first goal] and they had that until they [Bristol City] scored the second goal in the last few seconds and we had no chance to react.”