Jose Mourinho has claimed that Manchester United’s shock defeat at Bristol City will not decide the future of some of his fringe players.
Just as the game seemed to be heading to extra time, midfielder Korey Smith got in behind the United defence before finishing past Sergio Romero to book the Robins’ place in the final four of the competition.
United became City’s fourth Premier League scalp in the Carabao Cup this season after they sent Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace packing.
United manager Jose Mourinho made 10 changes from the side that beat West Brom last weekend, with only Marcus Rashford retained. Ibrahimovic was named captain on his first start of the season, with Paul Pogba returning from suspension.
Asked if that meant the end for some of United’s fringe players, Mourinho replied: “No. I don’t make decisions based on only one game or one feeling or one night, not at all.
“First of all you always like to speak about the loser, probably you should speak more about the winner, what I told after the match.
“They 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.”
Mourinho offered an injury update to MUTV: “It [the squad] is the same. There is no news.
“Of course, for the game at Bristol City, we changed a lot of the players, so we managed to give a rest to many of them and especially to the lucky ones that did not travel. Because the ones that did travel, even some who did not play, arrived back in Manchester close to 5am.”