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I'm still No.1 at Chelsea: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

By Adam McKendry

A bombastic Jose Mourinho last night reminded Chelsea fans he is still the 'Special One' after the Blues knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup quarter-finals with an N'Golo Kante goal at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese was repeatedly subjected to taunts from the home support, who labelled him "Judas", but the former Blues boss responded: "They can call me what they want. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'm number one.

"When they have somebody that wins four, I become number two. Until this, Judas is number one."

In typical Mourinho fashion, the United boss released his frustration on referee Michael Oliver for his decision to send off Ander Herrera in the 37th minute.

"We all watched the match until the red card and after the red card and then we can compare the decision of the two yellow cards in this case with other ones that were not given, but I don't want to go in that direction," he said.

"Mr Oliver - a referee with fantastic potential. United were a bit unlucky. In four matches, three penalties and one red card but again I cannot change that."

Mourinho approached Oliver after the game but did not bring up the red card. He said: "I shook his hand, I told him many congratulations. There is nothing to speak about."

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill paid tribute to man of the match N'Golo Kante after the midfielder's goal proved decisive.

Cahill said of Kante: "He's been fantastic. He has come here and has kicked on again. He's such a humble guy off the pitch, works hard. He's a tremendous addition to the squad and he's won us the game."

Chelsea manager Conte said: "It was a good performance against a very strong team.

"For me, United have the best squad in the league and we are very pleased to go into the next round and to beat a great opponent."

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