Bristol City dumped Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, scoring with seconds remaining to beat EFL Cup holders 2-1 and secure a semi-final spot.
Jose Mourinho side, second in the Premier League, rolled out 10 changes from their weekend triumph against West Brom but at the same time gloated an elegant team including a fearsome front three of Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial against the second-division high-flyers.
With midfield general Paul Pogba back in the side after the three-match suspension, he grabbed against Arsenal – shook the woodwork twice in the first half but Bristol City were unflinching.
Bristol, who as of now had three Premier League scalps in the Carabao Cup this season, stunned United in the 51st minute when Joe Bryan sent a left-foot shot arrowing into the top corner past the hopeless jump of Sergio Romero.
The home side was ahead for just a couple of minutes before Ibrahimovic pulled United level after a softish-looking free-kick awarded for a foul on Pogba.
Mourinho tossed on considerably more forwards as he pushed for a win, with Romelu Lukaku coming in for Daley Blind while Henrikh Mkhitaryan went ahead to replace Ibrahimovic.
But, in spite of United persistent pressure, Bristol held their nerve, exploiting some messy defensive play from United to punish the title holder in stoppage time thanks to Korey Smith superb finish.
Mourinho Speaking to SkySports after the defeat: “My thoughts are they were a bit lucky,” But they fought a lot to be lucky.
“They won the game in a moment when we have no possibility to react. They won in our best moment of the match when everyone was waiting for our goal.
“I have to say they were lucky. We also hit the post twice.
“But they fought brilliantly and like it was the game of their lives, which it probably was.
“It was a beautiful day for football. I don’t want me saying they’re lucky to be the main thing
“The intensity they had [was their biggest asset], not just physically, but also mentally. For some of us, it was one more day in the office, for some maybe a day at the office that they didn’t want.
“For them, it was a big, big day. They were a bit lucky and we weren’t so bad like after the goal in the second half we were the best team and we tried to win in the 90 minutes.
“They were very lucky in the last second to win. But again, I don’t want me saying they’re lucky to be the main thing. We know how to lose and win and we say congratulations and wish them well in the semi-finals.”
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