Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Penitent Mourinho humbled by Man Utd support

28 October 2016, 09:36

Manchester - Jose Mourinho lauded Manchester United's supporters after his team put the disappointment of their 4-0 humiliation at Chelsea behind them to sink Manchester City in England's League Cup.

Sunday's defeat at Chelsea, Mourinho's former club, was United's worst in the league for five years, but they bounced back to beat holders City 1-0 on Wednesday courtesy of Juan Mata's 54th-minute goal.

Mourinho made a gesture of apology to United's fans at the end -- making a '4-0' symbol with his fingers and lowering his head -- and said he had been moved by their backing.

"We were on a good run of results, but it was a big defeat," said the United manager, whose side had gone six games unbeaten prior to coming off the rails at Stamford Bridge.

"(They are) 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. 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.

"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."

Also read: Mourinho calls on players to act like men

Mourinho spoke to television reporters after the game at Old Trafford, but did not appear at his post-match press conference. United did not offer an explanation.

While Mourinho made just four changes to his starting XI, his opposite number, Pep Guardiola, made nine.

Both teams disappointed in a drab first half, but it was United who seized the advantage after the break, with Mata sweeping home Zlatan Ibrahimovic's low cross after Paul Pogba had hit the post.

City captain Vincent Kompany, one of only two players to keep his place from Sunday's 1-1 draw against Southampton, was substituted at half-time.

- 'No regrets' -

The Belgian centre-back has been dogged by injuries in recent seasons and Guardiola said he had not felt able to play on.

"He told us he is tired and not ready to play the second half," explained Guardiola, whose side beat Liverpool on penalties in last season's final prior to his arrival.

"The important thing is after two years (repeatedly) injured, he played three days ago 70 minutes, today 45 and no injuries.

"That is a good step, the first step. After we have to see. He felt not good, knowing what happened in the past."

Guardiola has now gone six games without victory for the first time in his managerial career, but he said he had "no regrets" about selecting a weakened team.

"Sometimes it happens in football the managers doesn't win," he said.

"It is the first time. OK, hopefully it does not happen again, but it is part of our profession. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose."

Asked if he had learnt anything during his team's slump, he replied: "The same as when we won 10 games in a row (at the start of the season).

"Every match is different. I need to analyse them all. Every team has streaks of good results and bad results. The strange thing is after seven years as a manager, it happens now.

"But we are still getting to know each other, still improving and we will (improve)."

United will host West Ham United in the quarter-finals.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

- AFP

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX
&nbps;

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Separating kitchen politics from ...

Like everyone else, I believe that the most popular definition of democracy is “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Read more...

Submitted by
Bethel Tanifo
Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, ...

Like NDDC Unlike MONDA. This notion is an intuition that does not portend political participation, affiliation, intrusion or aggression but a submission with the intention of completion of the previous administration's noble vision. Read more...

Submitted by
Bethel Tanifo
Nigerian Constitution versus Corr...

The problems of Nigeria is not in its conventional composition, formation, functionality, constitution or treaty, while the solutions are not disintegrations as promulgated by some faiths fanatics and bigotries.  Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Much Ado about Trump’s Presidency

It was unbelievable when the social and mainstream media all over the world began airing the breaking news of Donald Trump’s victory in the most contentious US Presidential elections in recent years. Read more...

Submitted by
Mike Daemon
Nigerian author highlights gay ch...

A new novel by a prolific young Nigerian author features gay characters, which could help increase the visibility of the gay community and possibly lead to greater understanding of LGBT Nigerians. Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Your Excellency, I will call you ...

Your Excellency, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, as a leader that pays attention to details, I understand that the odd title of this piece would definitely arouse your curiosity.  Read more...