Saturday 23 September 2017

'We didn’t lose, it was 1-1' - Mourinho in bizarre rant as United seal Wembley spot

Jose Mourinho reacts during Manchester United's EFL Cup Semi-Final second leg match against Hull City. Photo: Getty Images
Jose Mourinho reacts during Manchester United's EFL Cup Semi-Final second leg match against Hull City. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Irate Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted his side's EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Hull finished in 1-1 draw, as he fumed over a penalty decision given by referee Jonathan Moss as his side secured a 3-2 aggregate win to seal a place in the Wembley final against Southampton.

United lost 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium to see their 17-game unbeaten run come to an end, with United's 2-0 first leg advantage enough to ease them through to the final.

Yet Mourinho’s joy after guiding United to Wembley was tempered by his annoyance with match officials, who awarded a controversial penalty to Hull and then turned down a United appeal for a spot kick.

“I just want to say congratulations to my players. It was a difficult road to be in the final and we are in the final,” he told Sky Sports.

“I don't want to say anything else. It is enough, I am calm, I behaved on the bench, no sending off, no punishment so no more words.”

Mourinho then walked away from the TV cameras after that brief contribution and his post match press conference with the written media was equally lacking in joy, as he suggested the scoreline in the game should be recorded as a 1-1 draw.

“We didn’t lose, it was 1-1, I only saw two goals,” he told reporters. “I didn’t see their first goal? The game was 1-1.”

Mourinho has been fined on numerous occasions by the Football Association in recent years for questioning the integrity of match officials and he was clearly keen to side step any remarks on the performance of Moss after he awarded a controversial first half penalty after he adjudged Marcos Rojo to have man handled Hull’s Harry Maguire in the box.

United’s Chris Smalling saw his claims for a penalty waved away as he tumbled in the box, with Mourinho a little more forthcoming in his comments to MUTV.

“Every comepetition is important to me, every match is important to me,” he declared. “Wembley has a special meaning, a special feeling and I’m happy to be there.”

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