Jose Mourinho declares Chelsea as Premier League champions

Liverpool, Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Watford and Hull City have lost to lower-league teams this season and there are two non-league sides in round five for the first time ever.

That is a relief to Mourinho given progress to the Europa League and FA Cup finals would make this a 66-match campaign for United.

"Maybe we foreign managers, not everybody studies and understands the culture of this country".

Wes Brown wants his Blackburn side to end former club Manchester United's FA Cup hopes but believes the winning mentality that was second nature during his time is gradually coming back to Old Trafford. But the feeling that I threw it away was not good.

"Since I came to England every game - especially in this FA Cup - is like a final".

MUFC have won twice at Chelsea in 15 years, and one of them was against nine men with an offside goal. With the help of the manager, they are confident for the win.

"I don't know", Mourinho told reporters when asked whether Rooney would be fit for the cup final.

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"I gambled too much", recalling when he managed Chelsea.

"I can see his influence and I am happy with what he did against Leicester and Watford recently even when people didn't see him so much in risky areas".

"I am pretty sure that next summer some players with only half his quality will probably cost the same money or more, so I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny".

Mourinho praised his side's display at Blackburn on Sunday but expressed concerned over a potential fixture pile-up before the FA cup game at Chelsea.

And if Manchester City eliminate Huddersfield in their replay, they will face Middlesbrough. Am I going to repeat this team [against St Etienne]? No. I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League. I mean, at this stage of the competition you're going to be facing a good team no matter where you go.

On learning that they have drawn Chelsea, Mourinho had a few interesting things to say about his former employers.

  • Lawrence Cooper