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Jose Mourinho hails his Manchester United team after finally banking a win

By Simon Peach

Published 22/09/2016

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Alex Revell of Northampton Town celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Alex Revell of Northampton Town celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks dejected during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United takes a drink during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Alex Revell of Northampton Town is beaten to a header by Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Michael Carrick of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Adam Smith of Northampton Town dives as Michael Carrick of Manchester United scores his sides first goal during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo (L) vies with Northampton's English striker Sam Hoskins during the English League Cup third round football match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, central England, on September 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Northampton's English striker Alex Revell (L) vies in the air with Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera during the English League Cup third round football match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, central England, on September 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (R) scores his team's first goal during the English League Cup third round football match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, central England, on September 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United looks on from the tunnel prior to the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United signs autographs prior to the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United poses for selfie photographs with fans prior to the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United looks on from the tunnel prior to the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho was pleased with the controlled display that saw off Northampton and secured Manchester United a mouth-watering EFL Cup clash at home to Manchester City.

A previously nondescript third-round trip to Sixfields took on increased importance after United's winning start to the campaign came to a shuddering halt.

Sunday's defeat at Watford and last Thursday's Europa League loss to Feyenoord continued a poor run started after the international break by losing the Manchester derby.

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The ignominy of a fourth straight loss was avoided with a timely 3-1 win at League One side Northampton, setting up a re-match with Pep Guardiola's City in the fourth round.

"We deserved to win clearly," Mourinho said. "(It was) difficult as I was expecting, but we were totally in control for the first 35 minutes and then we were again in control for the last 45.

"The team was in control from the beginning and the substitutions were just a contribution but overall the team was completely in control.

"The game could and should have been easier because normally it's easier against 10 men and we should have been playing against 10 men very early in the second half.

"But they fought, they played with their strength and they tried to create problems, which they did sometimes.

"So, difficult match but overall a positive performance."

Mourinho swerved most reporters after the match, only speaking to rights-holders before United's team coach made a swift exit.

In the little post-match activity he was involved in, the Portuguese underlined his anger that Jak McCourt's tackle on Memphis Depay early in the second half brought a booking rather than a red card.

"I think I should stop to speak about referees' decisions, I should be waiting for you to speak about (them) - some with honest vision, some with dishonest vision," he said.

"A couple of minutes ago I told about the red card because it's really a dangerous situation," he added.

"I'm not speaking about the penalty against Man City, I'm speaking about a situation that could (cause) an important injury, and even in this kind of situation I should stop and leave with you, some honest, some dishonest," said Mourinho.

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