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

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard celebrate at full time during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard celebrate at full time during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United shakes hands with Willian of Chelsea as he is substituted during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speak to referee Michael Oliver at full time during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Antonio Conte manager of Chelsea celebrates at full time during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United shake hands with officials after The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates at full time during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and players Ngolo Kante (right) and Diego Costa celebrate at full time during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United appeals to officials after The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English midfielder Ashley Young (R) vies with Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder Victor Moses the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017. Chelsea won the game 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS /
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Willian of Chelsea battles with Paul Pogba of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Antonio Conte manager of Chelsea and Phil Jones of Manchester United in discussion during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Manchester United players protest as Ander Herrera of Manchester United (21) is shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver and is sent off during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United signals during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Diego Costa is given a yellow card during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. : Nick Potts/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Willian of Chelsea is chased by Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea is watched by Marcos Rojo of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) goes down under a challenge from Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo during the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS /
Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures on the touchline during the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / 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. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, centre, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the English FA Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, March 13, 2017 (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea and team mates celebrate as N'Golo Kante of Chelsea (obscured) scores their first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United stand over as David De Gea of Manchester United as he is injured during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante (C) celebrates with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (L) and Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (R) after scoring the opening goal of the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /
Chelsea's Victor Moses and Manchester United's Ashley Young (right) during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final match at Stamford Bridge, London. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Adam McKendry

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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