Jose Mourinho has blasted the "football Einsteins" who criticised his Man United team after they brought a run of three straight defeats to a halt with an EFL Cup win at Northampton.
The Red Devils saw off their League One opponents following defeats against Man City, Feyenoord and Watford in the space of eight days.
Speaking to Man United's MUTV after the victory at Sixfields on Wednesday evening, Mourinho accused his critics of having very short memories.
The former Chelsea manager, who welcomes Premier League champions Leicester to Old Trafford on Saturday, said:
I know that some football Einsteins – football is full of Einsteins – I know that they tried to delete 16 years of my career.
They tried to delete an unbelievable history of Man United football club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that's the new football, it's full of Einsteins.
I can understand clearly the disappointment if the fans are disappointed with the last week.
I understand completely, but I'm sure that with the team going back home [against Leicester City on Saturday] they will be behind the team like they always are.
Man United will host local rivals Man City in the EFL Cup fourth round after both teams progressed in the competition on Wednesday evening.
It will be an early opportunity for Jose Mourinho's team to hit back at the Premier League leaders after their 2-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier this month.
The draw has also thrown up mouthwatering ties between Liverpool and Spurs at White Hart Lane, and West Ham and Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium.
Draw in full:
- West Ham v Chelsea
- Manchester United v Manchester City
- Arsenal v Reading
- Liverpool v Tottenham
- Bristol City v Hull
- Leeds v Norwich
- Newcastle v Preston
- Southampton v Sunderland
Ties to be played in week commencing October 24th.
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Luke Shaw is set to miss Manchester United's trip to Northampton and Anthony Martial is a doubt for the EFL Cup third-round tie.
Left-back Shaw sustained a slight groin tear in Sunday's defeat to Watford, which forward Martial left during the first half following a nasty-looking clash of heads.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also a doubt for a match Phil Jones (knee) misses out on, while Jose Mourinho will be tempted to make more changes on Wednesday, as he did in the Europa League at Feyenoord last week.
Man United squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Depay, Pogba, Schneiderlin, Young, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Rooney, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford.
Juan Mata has called for Manchester United to "show pride" and react to their run of three straight defeats with wins in league and cup this week.
Jose Mourinho's side crashed to a 3-1 loss at Watford on Sunday, having been beaten at home by local rivals Manchester City the previous weekend and slipped to a Europa League defeat at Feyenoord on Thursday night.
Now Mata is calling for a response, firstly in the EFL Cup against Northampton on Wednesday and then at home to Premier League champions Leicester three days later.
"As I always say, one of the best things of football is that the game is testing you all the time," Mata wrote in his weekly blog.
"A win doesn't last too long, and it happens the same way with a defeat: you have the chance to make it up soon afterwards. Two more games this week will give us the opportunity to show on the pitch our pride and skills. There's no time for mourning. We must react.
"First of all, we visit Northampton Town in the EFL Cup, in our first game of the season in this competition.
"We are the favourites in this game and we have to deliver, all due respect to the opponent because, despite being in League One, Northampton Town has already knocked out a Premier League side like West Brom.
"I'm sure the stadium will be packed and they will try to make things difficult for us.
"Next weekend we are back to Premier League, this time in Old Trafford against Leicester. Playing a nice game against the current champions would be the best signal that we could send to our supporters.
"In order to do so, we have to improve and work hard in every sense. I believe this team is capable of doing great things this season. That's how I feel."
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Jose Mourinho was unhappy with the performances of the officials and his players as Manchester United suffered a third successive defeat with a 3-1 Premier League loss at Watford.
The Portuguese thought referee Michael Oliver should have disallowed Etienne Capoue's opener following a strong challenge by Miguel Britos on Anthony Martial in the build-up.
Speaking about Capoue's goal, Mourinho told BT Sport: "I think no debate, I think no controversy. I think that is an obvious situation...but it's something that I cannot control and I cannot even be critical.
"I think in the first half for about 25, 30 minutes we didn't play well and that's something we can control, we can improve, we can work on it. The referee's and the linesman's mistake is not under my control. I can't do anything to improve it.
"In the second half we were much better, we get the draw (equalised) and after that we were the team and (Watford goalkeeper Heurelho) Gomes makes a phenomenal save and luck is again something we cannot control. We cannot control the referee, we cannot control the lucky moments.
"Luck will arrive when she thinks it's the right moment to arrive and our individual and collective performance is where we have to improve."
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Watford: Gomes, Cathcart, Prodl, Britos, Janmaat, Pereyra, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas, Deeney, Ighalo.
Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw, Pogba, Fellaini, Rashford, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic.