Jose Mourinho offered few words other than congratulations to his Man Utd players after their EFL Cup success, though appeared to aim a dig at rival Arsene Wenger.
United overcame Hull 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-final to reach Wembley, despite losing 2-1 on the night.
However, in a post-match reaction of little words, Mourinho teased a reference to long-time rival Arsene Wenger, who landed a misconduct charge this week for pushing an official after he was sent from the dugout in Arenal’s win over Burnley.
“I just want to say congratulations to my players,” said Mourinho. “It was a difficult road to be in the final and we are in the final.
“I don’t want to say anything else. It is enough, I am calm, I behaved on the bench, no sending off, no punishment so no more words.”
Man Utd’s captain on the night, Michael Carrick was in more talkative mood, though he admitted that, whilst he and his teammates are delighted to have reached the final, everyone is disappointed with their performance.
“I wouldn’t say we were relieved,” he said. “We are disappointed in the way we played and losing the game. We wanted to keep our run going and we didn’t play well at all. Of course we are delighted to reach the final but it’s a strange feeling.
“We expected a tough game, they had to come at us, and we just didn’t play well. We don’t like losing and we’ve lost but we are in the final.
“You don’t get many chances to win a trophy so we have to grab that chance.”