Jose Mourinho Describes Bristol City as 'Lucky' Seven Times in a Minute After Defeat

Jose Mourinho described Championship club Bristol City as "lucky" seven times in a minute after they knocked his team out of the League Cup at the quarterfinal stage.

Manchester United was eliminated by Lee Johnson's team at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night (December 20) after Korey Smith's injury-time winner.

Mourinho insisted that it was a "beautiful day for football" but stressed his belief that Bristol had been fortunate to go through to the semifinal stage.

"My thoughts are that they are lucky," he told Sky Sports. "But they fought a lot to be lucky. They won the game in a moment where we had no possibilities to react.

"They win the game in the moment where everybody was waiting for our goal—so I have to say they were a bit lucky."

The game had been even throughout the first half, but the Robins took a surprise lead just before the hour-mark when Joe Bryan drilled a left-footed shot into the top corner.

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Jose Mourinho at Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, December 20. Mourinho's team was knocked out of the League Cup by Bristol City. Dan Mullan/Getty

Bristol's lead only lasted for eight minutes, though, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a low free-kick past Luke Steele to mark his first start since April with a goal.

"Also," Mourinho said, "we hit the post twice before they scored. They fought like this was the game of their lives, which it probably was, and it is nice. I think it is a beautiful day for football because a team from a lower division won and got into the semifinal.

"It is a big day for them and their supporters so I congratulate them."

Smith's winner sees Bristol City, third in the Championship, progress to the semifinal where they will face United's neighbors and Premier League leaders Manchester City. Chelsea will play Arsenal on the other side of the draw for a place in the final on February 25.

"To beat Manchester United at home is a historic occasion," Johnson said, as quoted by the BBC.

"You don't beat Manchester United if you're Bristol City unless every man is doing a man-and-a-half's job."

Mourinho and United's evening got even worse as their flight back to the north-west of England was canceled and their coach returned back to Manchester at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning.

They will travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday to face Leicester City before hosting Sean Dyche's Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.