Jose Mourinho: I Won’t Repeat The Mistake I Made At Chelsea

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has vowed that he will not be repeating the mistake of taking the FA Cup lightly, as he previously did at Chelsea.

The Portuguese won the FA Cup just once during his time with the Stamford Bridge outfit, but he could have easily gone on to win the decorated title twice, had he not taken this competition for granted in his debut season in English football.

Back in 2005, Chelsea were knocked out of the tournament by Newcastle United due to the fact that Mourinho fielded a weakened team for the tie, so as to rest his key players for the subsequent high profile games against Barcelona in the Champions League, and Liverpool in the League Cup final.

However, Mourinho has now stated that he will not be repeating the same mistake again, and will therefore field a strong side for Man United’s upcoming FA Cup clash against Blackburn on Sunday.

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Speaking of his team selection 13 years ago, the Portuguese said (via Evening Standard): “I gambled too much, I focused too much on Barcelona and Liverpool.

“It was good because we beat Barcelona and we won the final against Liverpool, but the feeling I threw it away was not good, so I don’t throw it away. If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better or because we didn’t play well, but I’m not going to throw it away.”

Jose then added: “I’m going to Blackburn with that respect. I go serious. I am going to change a few players, but am going with a good team because I respect the competition a lot and Manchester United demands that you go serious to every game.”


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