Manchester United reached the EFL Cup final against Southampton, who exiled Liverpool from the competition, and United’s 17 match unbeaten run in all competition comes to an end.
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United Manager, is not accepted the defeat against Hull City (2-1) on their Second-leg of the semi-final.
Hull City’s first goal came from a controversial penalty awarded by the referee for Marcos Rojo’s push on box.
Mourinho refused to comment about referee’s decision and praised their side for their performance against the improved team Hull City.
It reflected on post-match interview of Mourinho to the Sky. He finished his comments within 30 seconds and concluded the interview.
Mourinho’s post match interview text, which is last for 30 seconds: “I just want to say congratulations to my players, it was difficult road to the final,” he said. “I’m calm, I behaved on the bench, no more sending offs, no more words.”
Portuguese Manager faced a match ban and fined £40,000 for his misbehavior against referee Jonathan Moss, while his manager period in Chelsea.
He also praised Hull City manager Marco Silva: “I told you in the beginning, and you maybe didn’t believe me, this boy is a very good manager.”
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Few of his comments after the match against Hull City: “I think 18 matches unbeaten is amazing,”
“We didn’t lose. It was 1-1. I only saw two goals. I saw Paul Pogba’s goal and their goal was a fantastic goal, a great action. It was a great cross, and the guy coming in at the far post. 1-1.”
He stated about the controversial penalty goal : “I don’t want to speak about the penalty, but I don’t want also to speak about the performance because to speak about the performance again I have to say the game was in the pocket, the game was under control, and something happened to open the game.”
Arsenal vs Tottenham Preview:
Arsenal will face spurs in the upcoming FA cup fixture and this will be their first meeting in this competition since 2001, when arsenal won 2-1 at old Trafford.
Arsenal seem to be the favorites to win the third round of the FA cup as their incredible League form continues. Tottenham has lifted the FA cup trophy eight times while Arsenal became the English Cup leader ten times in the cup history, last winning in 2005.
ARSENAL – Gunners will play without injured strikers Oliver Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner while a young 17-year-old midfielder, Gedion Zalalem, is set to debut against Tottenham.
Tottenham – Sherwood’s team will miss Adebayor as he was stretched out in their previous match against Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott has cherished this tie and assured that their hard work will impress Emirates spectators.
“For the neutrals it’s going to be a very interesting battle,” he said. “It’s one of those games that’s going to be very open, I’m pretty sure of that.
“The first fixture I always look at is Tottenham. Every time Tottenham come here or we go there, you want to put 100 per cent in, and more if you can.
“It’s at the Emirates, we’re trying to make our stadium into a fortress and we are starting to do that.
“These are massive games, the games that everyone wants to be part of. We’ve had a busy festive period going into the New Year and everyone needs to recover well which we have been doing. Hopefully players can come back but [for] Tottenham, we’ve got to be right up for that. I can’t wait for that game.
“Hard work will decide it. If everyone’s doing their jobs right and working hard for each other – that’s what it comes down to in the end.
“We have that trust in the dressing room. Everyone trusts each other and when you have that you’re going to build on that and go from strength to strength.”
Arsenal vs Tottenham is scheduled on 4th January 2014 – Kick off 17:15
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