Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho said his side “didn’t lose” despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to Hull city in the second-leg match of the EFL Cup.
Although United progressed to the finals which will be played on 26th of February thanks to a 2-0 home victory against Hull City in the first leg, Mourinho said that his red devils didn’t lose the match at the KCOM Stadium because it ended in a draw.
“I only saw two goals, it was 1-1,” the Portuguese manager said.
Tom Huddlestone put Hull City ahead from the spot after Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones were found pulling the shirts of hull city players while defending a corner kick.
Paul Pogba equalised for United and it was looking like Jose Mourinho was going to celebrate his birthday by at least extending his side’s 17-unbeaten matches record, but Niasse’s fantastic goal proved otherwise as United’s run came to an end.
“I saw the Pogba goal and their goal was a fantastic goal – great action, great cross and the guy coming in at the far post. 1-1.” Mourinho said.
“I behaved on the bench, no sending-off, no punishment so no more words,” Mourinho, on his 54th birthday, told Sky Sports.
“To speak about the performance, I have to speak about things I don’t want to speak about because the game was totally under control – the game was dead.
“The game was totally under control and something happened to open the game.”
“It doesn’t matter where we play,” said Mourinho. “I don’t think we are favourites against nobody.”
Mourinho has the chance to win the League Cup for a fourth time, equalling the record held by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and ex-Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough when his side faces Southampton in the finals at Wembley.
Mourinho, who won the trophy in all three of his finals as Chelsea manager, added: “Wembley is Wembley. It is for professionals with a passion for football.
“It has a special meaning, a special feeling. Of course, I am happy to be there. Of course, I am happy to bring many thousands of our fans because I think also for them it is something they will always remember.”