I gambled too much at Chelsea - Mourinho

Paul Merson

Paul Merson

Fifth round FA Cup, Mourinho and Manchester United were not in the game in the opening minutes and lack decisiveness for much of the match and this forced Jose in the second half to make some changes.

A Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike 14 minutes from time settled a pulsating cup-tie at Ewood Park. However, speaking in the week, The Special One reiterated his respect for the FA Cup and insisted he'd put out a strong side.

The Dunboyne centre-back has been a regular in the Blackburn Rovers starting 11 this season, but find themselves struggling in the Championship relegation zone.

Hope Akpan (misconduct) and Elliott Bennett (offensive language) are both suspended after receiving bans following the 2-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

February 20, 2005 is a date still imprinted on Jose Mourinho's mind whenever the conversation turns to the credibility of the FA Cup.

"We have played Reading and Wigan from the Championship so the level and difficulty of the Championship is not new for us".

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The exact date and time is yet to be confirmed, but matches will be played the weekend of March 11-12, which means that Chelsea's game against Watford, now set for Monday, March 13, will have to be rescheduled.

"Yes, I threw it away. Manchester United demands that you go serious to every game".

"I just try to help the team out as much as possible", Pogba explained after the match. Plus it is one thing to play at Old Trafford but it is another thing to go away. Am I going to repeat this team (against St Etienne)? No.

"Every game is unpredictable, " the former PSG man said.

"Even myself on the touchline, I felt it was hard, the communication".

Tom, from Wombourne, said: "You have to dream don't you, we have seen so many times in the FA Cup that it isn't always the favourites who win". Paul Lambert's men have now been handed the chance to pull off another surprise by being drawn against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Molineux.