Jose Mourinho. Pic/PTI
Manchester: Having learnt from "throwing away" FA Cup games in the past, Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho said he will not make that mistake again at Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round today.
In 2005, Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea when they played Newcastle in the same week as wins in the League Cup final over Liverpool and Champions League against Barcelona.
The Portuguese faces a similarly busy schedule this time around, with the Europa League last-32 second leg against Saint-Etienne to come on Wednesday and the EFL Cup final against Southampton a week on Sunday. "I gambled too much, I focused too much on Barcelona and Liverpool. It was good because we beat Barcelona and we won the final against Liverpool, but the feeling I threw it away was not good," Mourinho was quoted by BBC on Friday.
"If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better or because we didn't play well, but I'm not going to throw it away," he added.