A frustrated Jose Mourinho took sly digs at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after Manchester United surrendered their unbeaten run to Hull City on Thursday night.
Despite losing 2-1 on the night to Hull, United went through on aggregate to the EFL Cup final but Mourinho refused to accept defeat following the game.
The result means United’s 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions is over and after the match the Portuguese coach strangely gave a review of his performance on the bench.
“I just want to say congratulations to my players because it was a difficult to [get] in the final, and we are in the final,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“I don’t want to say anything else because it’s enough. I’m calm, I behaved on the bench, not sent off, no punishment, so no more words.”
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Referee Jon Moss – who officiated the Hull match – was also in charge on Sunday when Wenger was sent to the stands against Burnley for his reaction to a late penalty decision.
And Mourinho didn’t leave it there with his post-match barbs, as he seemed to refer to Klopp’s comments on difficult playing conditions during Liverpool’s semi-final defeat to Southampton.
“I don’t think we are favourites against nobody,” said the United boss.
“It doesn’t matter against who or where, we are never favourites. Normally the stadium is windy and it’s difficult.”