Frank Lampard was up against his former boss Jose Mourinho as Manchester United hosted Derby County in the Carabao Cup third round tie at Old Trafford.
It was a game many expected Manchester United to win and it all seemed to be so after Juan Mata opened the scoring for United as early as the third minute of the game. Harry Wilson turned the game on its head after scoring a spectacular free-kick past Sergio Romero. To add to United’s woes, Sergi Romero was sent off shortly after the goal with third choice keeper Lee Grant coming on.
Jack Marriott gave the visitors the lead on 85 minutes, and while the game looked over for United, Marouane Fellaini scored in injury-time to take the tie to penalties.
Lampard’s side won on penalties, and he revealed that Mourinho congratulated him after the game and hailed his team’s display.
Lampard said: “He [Mourinho] said what a great performance it was from the [Derby] team. I appreciate that because it’s not easy in defeat in that last moment.
“I think he actually said that before the penalties as well, but I appreciate it.
“Jose was very welcoming as a whole. We obviously know each other, and he came and spoke to me before, we spoke during and afterwards.
“It was an honour for me to go up against him.”
He added: “I am trying to build a group to be successful and nights like this are incredible.
“To go against world-class players and play that way, it’s right up there.
“To go down early at Old Trafford and play as well as they did was superb. We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did.”