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By ESPN Staff
Jan 23, 2006

Unflappable Mourinho unmoved by United victory

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United their win over Liverpool is nothing to get excited about.

Following Rio Ferdinand's late winner at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson's side were able to gain ground on the Premiership champions, who were held 1-1 at home by Charlton earlier in the day.

But given that Chelsea remain 14 points clear with 15 games remaining, Mourinho felt he could still put United in their place with a few choice words.

He said: 'I am happy with the team and I am happy with our situation. The result of the game between Manchester United and Liverpool, if you go to speak with the winners they will be very happy after the game.

'But if you ask the winners in the middle of their happiness if they want to change position with Chelsea they will lose their happiness immediately.

'When they think how far ahead we are they will lose their smiles.'

Chelsea had looked on course to maintain their 100 per cent record in Premiership fixtures at Stamford Bridge this season when Eidur Gudjohnsen put them ahead in the 18th minute.

But Alan Curbishley's side had already enjoyed a previous visit to the ground, coming away with a Carling Cup penalty shoot-out victory in October.

They prospered again when substitute Marcus Bent, making his debut since a switch from Everton last week, headed an equaliser just before the hour mark.

The late sending off of Ricardo Carvalho for two bookable offences meant Chelsea finished with 10 men for the second game running following Arjen Robben's goal-celebration dismissal at Sunderland last week.

But Mourinho insisted: 'We are a clean team. We played one-and-a-half years without one single red card. The team has a lot of discipline and clean players.'

Charlton had gone on to lose six successive games after the earlier cup success before steadying themselves around Christmas, so Curbishley remained cautious.

He said: 'I can't forget the run we had - it was painful - but a result like this goes a long way towards getting us back on track, although only time will tell.

'Once we had played Chelsea in the League Cup the one thing we lost was that Charlton work ethic. We had it leading up to the cup game and after it just disappeared.

'I had to turn it around, people who had been out of the side came in and we instilled some work-rate again.'

The result took Charlton up to 11th place, level on 29 points with West Ham and Everton.