Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United finally crashed out of a tournament as they were beaten by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side at the Stamford Bridge at the weekend in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The game made for a great neutral viewing until referee Michael Oliver issued a red card for Ander Herrera for repeat offence on winger Eden Hazard.
This reduced the Red Devils to 10 men as Mourinho had to sacrifice Mkhitaryan for Fellaini to add some mettle to the midfield.
They managed to hold on to the 0-0 score line pretty well until French midfielder N Golo Kante popped up with a superb goal from the edge of the box to steal the tie.
As embarrassing as it was for the United players to crash out of the tournament, one Jose Mourinho was humiliated in front of what was his home not so long ago.
Mourinho, who lifted the Premier League title just a couple of years ago, was put to the sword by Conte’s side at the Bridge for the second time this season, and the manager seems to have felt humiliated.
Talking to the press after the game, Mourinho made it a point to tell the fans that he is still the best manager Chelsea have ever had.
During the game, Mourinho was taunted by ‘Judas’ chant which got on to his nerve but he stayed calm and came up with a fitting reply after the end of the game.
Speaking to the media, Mourinho went on to say that his success at the Stamford Bridge is yet to be eclipsed and he will be their best manager till that changes.
“They can call me what they want. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one.”
“When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until then Judas is number one,” he added.
The Portuguese manager was seen involved in a heated discussion with fans behind him near the dugout as he was caught showing them three fingers, the number of league titles he won for the Stamford Bridge outfit in the past.
However, United, the FA Cup title holders were thrown out of the tournament but Mourinho went on to say that he is proud of the effort that his side put in with just 10 men.
He also revealed that his side’s concentration will now be on the game against FC Rostov just a couple of days later.
“We have a very important match on Thursday and I want to rest a little bit and prepare as best as we can,” he said. “I go very proud of my players very proud of my supporters.”