Jose Mourinho

Manchester United boss Mourinho backs flop stars to succeed

No big decisions

Jose Mourinho has made it clear he won’t make any big decisions about his team after their shock loss to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

The United boss asked if he was willing to drop players and even plan some January exits, but he said he needs to make sure that no one game feelings cloud his long term judgement – and that his players will be given more chances, while Bristol City deserve far more credit for their win.

The Express report Mourinho said: “No. I don’t make decisions based on only one game or one feeling or one night, not at all.

“First of all you [the media] always like to speak about the loser, probably you should speak more about the winner – what I said after the match.

“They [Bristol City] were lucky but they fought a lot to try to be lucky and is one of the beautiful things that can happen in football when a team from a lower division kills the giant.

“Football has changed so much lower division is more professional and that could happen even more, I could be critical with my players but they did enough to win, they lost when they were the only team people believed could win. So we move on and we move on quickly because we have another match.”

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Champions League

After being knocked out of the EFL Cup and also seeing Manchester City beat them in the derby, meaning the gap at the top extended to 11 points, there are only two trophies United could win this season – the FA Cup and of course the Champions League.

It may seem more likely that United would have a better chance of winning the FA Cup than they would the Champions League, but Mourinho will be confident of getting his side into the latter stages of the knockout competition.