Date: 6th January 2018 at 8:56am
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It was one of those games laden with chances but also a game where it looked as if that vital breakthrough would never come.

Following the final whistle both managers spoke to the media.

Jose Mourinho had this to say to the BBC:

‘I was feeling that we were close to scoring and we never stopped trying. But when you get past 80 minutes and the goal hasn’t come, you fear the second match. But the team kept trying so I knew the goal could arrive.

‘It was a great shot by Jesse Lingard in the top corner, he’s in a moment of confidence where things go well for him. He’s a good professional and a fantastic kid in the dressing room.

‘Derby defended very well. They changed players as the Championship is important to them. Scott Carson played well and the post played well for them. They were close to a replay – but they didn’t need it.

‘The Championship is coming in a direction where they are Premier League level, they just play in another competition.’


As for the beaten manager, the Derby boss, Gary Rowett, had this to say,

“The lads worked incredibly hard and had to against a star-studded line-up. I think they showed us respect with the line-up they put out.

‘We stuck at it and rode one or two moments of luck and started to get ourselves into the game. After weathering the moments out then you could hang on for the draw or nick one.

‘We spoke about having no pressure but really for me it was a test to see who could handle it.

‘We moved the ball with confidence and control. Of course, it was fleeting but when we exerted pressure I thought we caused Manchester United uncomfortable moments.

‘I think it was a more important game for Manchester United than it was or us. We’re second in our league and that’s our only focus really.’


Manchester United, after a raft of fixtures, now have over a week to rest up and prepare for the next fixture, which is a home fixture against Stoke City on Monday 15 January.