Manchester United took a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the derby in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday at Old Trafford after a goal by Juan Mata.
Mata scored the winner in the 54th minute after connecting with a pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside the penalty area. It was a much-needed win for the team and manager Jose Mourinho, who has been widely criticized after the 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the league on Sunday.
“It is an important result because this is a knockout competition: if you lose you are out and if you win you are in,” Mourinho said after the game. “It is especially important because it was a way to create a better feeling for the absolutely wonderful fans that I have never seen before in my life. After the defeat at Chelsea, to have this support is incredible. The love that these people have for the club is bigger than the result, it is bigger than the success and the trophies. It is real love and it is real passion. I am very happy for them, I don’t care about myself. I am not happy because it is important for me, I am happy for the fans. I am happy for the players because they have absolutely everything. The performance was good, it was not phenomenal, but it was good. What was phenomenal was the spirit, the effort and the solidarity. This is the minimum that we can give to the fans.”
United will take on West Ham United in the EFL Cup quarterfinals. The Hammers knocked out Chelsea after getting a 2-1 win at the London Stadium.