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Mourinho hails Man Utd fans as the best he has ever had

SoccerBy Sunday World
Smiles between old foes on the touchline
Smiles between old foes on the touchline

Manchester Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his "heart belongs to the fans" after the 1-0 EFL Cup win over rivals Manchester City.

Juan Mata scored the only goal at Old Trafford as Mourinho's side booked a place in the quarter-finals, where they will face West Ham.

The win comes after a heavy 4-0 defeat by Chelsea, the Portuguese's former club, and he was pleased to return to winning ways after such a disappointing result.

"I'm happy the players did everything and they deserved to win," Mourhino told Sky Sports 1. "In the last week everything went against us but we are professionals.

"The fans felt deeply such a negative result and today was a good chance to clean that feeling because it's a derby and knock-out and to win against Man City gives everyone a better feeling. I'm especially happy for the players and fans.

"In the last seven (games) we lost one. It was a big defeat that the numbers the history of this club doesn't deserve.

"When I'm in a club my heart belongs to the fans and I felt especially deeply for them."

“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,

“In the last week everything went against us but we are professionals. The fans felt deeply such a negative result and today was a good chance to clear that feeling because a derby knockout and to win gives everyone a better feeling.

“We were on a good run of results but it was a big defeat (at Chelsea). 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. 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.”

Goalscorer Mata added: "It was very important to win today after the defeat in London and it was a massive win for us. We gave 100 per cent.

"It's a great feeling every time you score an important goal. It was a great feeling we left everything on the pitch."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whose side have now not won in six games in all competitions, made nine changes to his starting line-up.

Despite the result, the Spaniard remained upbeat, adding on Sky Sports 1.

"Congratulations to United. I'm so proud for the young players and how they played. We had our chance.

"We tried to win and next season in the competition we try."