Video - Jose Mourinho makes apologetic gesture to United fans after Man City win
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in apologetic mood after his side beat Manchester City in the EFL Cup - as he offered up a gesture to the Old Trafford crowd that confirmed he was eager to make amends for Sunday’s 4-0 hammering at Chelsea.
Mourinho used his programme notes to offer up some words of contrition towards United fans after the heaviest defeat of his Premier League career, before his team produced a much improved performance to beat a much-changed City side.
An EFL Cup quarter-final against West Ham now awaits for Mourinho, but it was clear from his post-match gesture that he still had the humiliating events at Stamford Bridge on his mind as he left the field after a much-needed win.
Holding up four fingers and then bowing in apology to the United fans, it was clear that he viewed the win against City as some form of payback and he confirmed as much in his post match comments.
Jose Mourinho apologising to the Stretford End for 4-0 defeat to Chelsea.— HK. (@HammaaadKhan) October 26, 2016
“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,” said a defiant Mourinho.
“In the last week everything went against us but we are professionals. The fans felt deeply such a negative result and today was a good chance to clear that feeling because a derby knockout and to win gives everyone a better feeling.
“We were on a good run of results but it was a big defeat (at Chelsea). 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. 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’s suggestion that the United fans are the best he has ever experienced in his career may not be well received by some Chelsea supporters, but he is playing to a very difference audience now.
Mourinho and United now face a home game against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, while City will look to end a six-game winless run when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.