Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho were reunited at Old Trafford as managers of their respective sides when they clashed on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.
The dramatic encounter saw the visitors take the win from Manchester United, as Juan Mata’s early strike wasn’t enough in the face of a Sergio Romero red-card and a Derby County lead.
While Marouane Fellaini brought hope back to the Red Devils in injury-time, a long and frustrating penalty shoot-out culminated in a Phil Jones miss, giving the Championship side an 8-7 win.
The defeat was certainly a surprise for Jose Mourinho and company, and Lampard reveals precisely what the gaffer told him after the defeat.
The Chelsea legend revealed: “He [Mourinho] said what a great performance it was from the [Derby] team. I appreciate that because it’s not easy in defeat in that last moment. I think he actually said that before the penalties as well, but I appreciate it.”
He went on to add: “Jose was very welcoming as a whole. We obviously know each other, and he came and spoke to me before, we spoke during and afterwards. It was an honour for me to go up against him.
“To go against world-class players and play that way, it’s right up there. To go down early at Old Trafford and play as well as they did was superb. We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did.”
Mourinho, for his part, downplayed the defeat and humbly accepted the result, stating: “We didn’t score when we could and we could in the first half. We had good situations to kill it. We need to go and kill the game and we didn’t.
“The Carabao Cup is not a worry anymore – we don’t play until next season. It is the minor competition we are involved in. We want to win and we are disappointed.”