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United boss Jose Mourinho blames FA Cup defeat on Lukaku and Fellaini absence

Manchester United missed the aerial presence of Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini in the FA Cup final. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester United missed the aerial presence of Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini in the FA Cup final. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho was “curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days, to read, to watch, to listen, to your opinions,” because he wanted to see whether people would criticise Chelsea for beating Manchester United with defensive, counterattacking football. “If my team played like Chelsea did, I can imagine what people say,” he said.

We can imagine, also, what Mourinho would say in response to any such criticism. He would sarcastically talk about “poets” and “Einsteins”, the kind of people who talk a lot but don’t win too many medals.

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