Rocking Robins see off United

21 December 2017 03:05:29 EST

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson hailed his players after they clinched a famous victory, defeating Manchester United 2-1 to reach the League Cup semi-finals.

Having already seen off Premier League sides Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace on the way to the last eight, the Robins took their biggest scalp of all as Korey Smith pounced in injury time to send the home fans at Ashton Gate into raptures.

It's an overwhelming feeling of pride, to beat Manchester United is incredible.

Lee Johnson

And, with a semi-final showdown with Manchester City now on the cards, Johnson was almost lost for words for the way his team had responded to the challenge of taking on and beating the Red Devils.

An elated Johnson admitted afterwards: "It's an overwhelming feeling of pride, to beat Manchester United is incredible. It has been a long time since we had a result like that at Ashton Gate.

"To beat Manchester United at home is an historic occasion. That Korey Smith goal at the end will live in the memory for many generations, total euphoria.

"You don't beat Manchester United if you're Bristol City unless every man is doing a man-and-a-half's job."

Bristol City are now 1212/1 to win the League Cup, with Manchester City 3/10 and Chelsea, who face Arsenal in the other semi-final, 1212/1.

Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho added that City had been fortunate to claim the victory, but had deserved to do so due to their efforts in the game.

He told reporters: "They were a bit lucky but they fought a lot to be lucky. Everyone was waiting for our goal, so they were lucky - we hit the post twice.

"But they played brilliantly, they fought like it was the game of their lives, which probably it was. In the first half we lacked the intensity that they had, physically and mentally."

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