United led 1-0 at the interval through Juan Mata’s third-minute opener but Harry Wilson scored a spectacular equaliser and United were reduced to 10 men in the 67th minute after Sergio Romero was sent off for handling outside the area. Jack Marriott appeared to have won the third round tie in the 85th minute but a 95th minute Marouane Fellaini header forced a penalty shootout.
Phil Jones, who missed in United’s 2014 League Cup semi-final shootout loss to Sunderland, failed from 12 yards again to seal an 8-7 triumph for Championship club Derby.
Mourinho expected United would struggle on spotkicks after seven takers but was irked that they squandered another 1-0 lead at home for the second successive match, having allowed Wolves to leave Old Trafford with a draw on Saturday.
“We didn’t score when we could and we could in the first-half to kill it,” Mourinho said. “We didn’t. At half-time I repeated the words I said in the last match. Their dressing room is a dressing room with belief and we need to go and kill the game which we didn’t.
“My words at half-time were similar to the words against Wolves. I told the players that the result was open and we needed to close it, but again we conceded one goal. The kid hit a fantastic shot, but then we had an immediate reaction.
“We hit the post, we created more chances, but then came the red card and then we were in more trouble. They scored the goal, we had a reaction of pride, of desire of trying and even with one less player we got an equaliser and then the penalty shootout is a lottery and we missed one.
“We knew that if we go past the seventh we were going to be in trouble with Jones, with Eric [Bailly], with Lee [Grant] – not good penalty takers – but we took it all well and we missed one.
“I was commenting with Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna] on the bench. We went in the first half 40 minutes without scoring a goal and then in the second half they started better than us. Immediately after they equalised we were on top of it, we started creating again, we were dangerous and why, after the 1-1, and then why after the 2-1, even with one man less, I think we need to educate ourselves to being mentally stronger.”
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