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Summary

  1. Bristol City shock Man United in Carabao Cup
  2. Alvaro Morata goal sends Chelsea through against Bournemouth
  3. EFL Cup draw: Bristol City v Man City and Chelsea v Arsenal
  4. Swansea sack boss Paul Clement
  5. Get Involved #bbcfootball

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By Craig Lowe

All times stated are UK

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A long way home for Man United

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Simon Stone

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I was a bit premature there - I'll actually leave you with this - just in from our reporter Simon Stone....

Manchester United's trip to Bristol this week turned into a journey to forget in more ways than one.

United's intended flight to the south west on Tuesday was diverted to Cardiff due to fog.

Jose Mourinho and his squad then returned to the Welsh capital after their surprise 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat by Championship side, only to discover that the fog was too bad for them to return by air.

Instead, they had to make the journey on the team bus, returning to Manchester at 5am.

Right I actually am going now - Craig.

Right that's your lot for now. Thanks for joining us and taking part this morning.

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I’m in heaven Bristol City pressed all night to nullify utd’s world class team brilliant performance absolutely buzzing still this morning.

Andy James, Bristol City fan, bideford

Just woken up after an amazing, cider-filled night at Ashton Gate. Still can't stop smiling! Bring on Pep!

Ryan, Bristol City fan, Nailsea

Give it Giggsy until the end of the season

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Daniel Jones: As a Manchester Utd fan I’m angry that we lost to Bristol city we were so poor. time to change the Manger time to get Ryan giggs in. Swansea sacking Paul isn’t the right thing to do he is one of the best managers in the league.

City's strong Twitter game

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

City have become known for how they celebrate their goals on social media this season. Here's how the club's official Twitter account greeted Korey Smith's winner last night.

GOAL: #BristolCity 2-1 Manchester United, Smith 90. #BRCvMUN

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nigel barnes: Mourinho. "I don't want me saying they are lucky to be the main thing .." Then goes on to use 'lucky half a dozen times.

Paul Skinback: Hopefully Jose Mourinho and Phil Taylor will receive a voucher for a course on 'How to be gracious in defeat', run by Roger Federer.

Mourinho and the word 'lucky'

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

It appears there are two schools of thought on Jose Mourinho saying Bristol City were "lucky". Some of you say the media have made too much of it, while others believe he was a little ungracious. We're trying to balance those views as best we can this morning.

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Good to see the reminder below of the whole surprisingly balanced José quote and not just the "lucky" bits making him out to be bitter.

Michael - a Man City fan

Swansea sack Paul Clement

On Monday night Paul Clement told BBC Wales he was focused on making it to January as the club's manager.

But he hasn't made it that far after defeat at Everton made it nine defeats from their last 11 matches.

You can watch his final interview as Swansea manager below......

Everton 3-1 Swansea: It's a very disappointing result - Paul Clement

Swansea reaction

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With all the excitement of Bristol City reaching the semi-finals of the EFL Cup it's easy to forget a sixth Premier League manager lost their job last night.

Here's what some of you have been getting in touch to say:

Thomas Ross: Swansea will always be a team that relies on short term appointments at xmas, same as West Ham will rely on January spending.

Stuart Chateris: With every team below 9th having a reasonable chance of relegation, I suspect there could be more sackings to come

Steve Hilton: Mark Hughes will be next

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City in 'dreamland' - local press

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

The Bristol Post say the club are in "dreamland" and describe last night's game as a "pulsating" encounter. They also say the result is "arguably" the upset of the competition.

Read their match report.

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lowey1978: mourino trying to come across as being gracious in defeat but still had to throw in a comment about being lucky, don't remember him mentioning luck at all last year when Goals against where ruled offside when they wasn't and vice versa.... No humility or class at all

Johnson on facing Man City in the semis

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Bristol City's reward for beating Man United is a semi-final against Man City. Can they complete a Mancunian double?

Johnson's pretty happy with their draw to be fair.

"Wow. OMG. It's amazing. We'll enjoy this one.

"There are three top teams and us but hopefully four top teams as people look at it now.

"The fans do too, to have a night like that and the kids will tell their kids and their kids. They will go down in folklore," Johnson told Bristol City's official website.

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It's not just Man U fans feeling dejected this morning. I've been subjected to more 'banter' than my United supporting housemate this morning.

Ben, a let down Bristol Rovers fan living in Manchester

Korey Smith is City's icon now - Johnson

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Do you want to hear more from Lee Johnson? Of course you do.....

He's been chatting to City's official website and this is a flavour of what he's had to say, starting with Korey Smith's winning goal

"He (Smith) will dine off that for many years, We can now officially sack Brian Tinnion and Scotty Murray and Joe Bryan and Korey Smith can be the new icons.

"I'm almost speechless but the feeling in that moment, the euphoric feeling and the noise that went up was phenomenal. I'm very proud of the football club tonight."

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Are you having that City fans? Is Korey Smith the icon to replace all icons at the club?

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As a United fan of course going out is not great but as a football fan I cannot be disappointed. Bristol deserved the win. Every player went above and beyond and wanted it more.

Jordan, Winchester

Bale on the brink at Real Madrid?

Real Madrid v Barcelona (12:00 GMT Saturday)

Gareth Bale is hoping to use Saturday's El Clasico to cement his long-term future at Real Madrid, according to Spanish football writer Andy West.

Bale has missed the majority of this season with a series of injuries and there is speculation the club are willing to sell him.

You can read Andy's thoughts here.

Will Bale even play on Saturday? Should he? If Madrid sell, will clubs be forming a queue to sign him?

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DamonOldcorn: Good luck to Bristol City they deserve their day in the sun ... Played out of their skins.

George D. Wright: Bristol City have won more games vs. Premier League teams this season than Swansea and West Brom. We're going up!

Chelsea players showed professionalism - Conte

Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth

Antonio Conte shuffled his pack for last night's game and he was delighted with how his players responded.

"Last season, we were eliminated in the fourth round by West Ham. This season we must be happy with this achievement in reaching the semi-final of one of the two cups in England.

"I had good responses from my players. In this cup, they showed they are very professional. I hope this game also improves the physical condition especially for the players who had injuries and who are not playing with regularity. It means we are working very well."

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Christmas came early for my 2 boys at Ashton Gate last night. Those nights are what football is all about.

Barry, Bristol City fan, Bristol.

More from Mourinho

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Jose said Bristol City were "lucky" to get their win but that isn't all he said.

"They were a bit lucky, but they fought a lot to be lucky.

"They win the game in a moment where we have no possibilities to react. They win the game in our best moment of the game. They win the game when everyone was waiting for our goal. So I have to say they were a bit lucky.

"Also, in the first-half we hit the post twice before they scored the first goal, but they played brilliantly. They fought like this was the game of their life, which probably it was, " Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"I think a beautiful day for football because a team from a lower division won and got into (the) semi-final. A big day for them and a big day for their supporters, so I congratulate them. I don't want that I say they were a bit lucky to be the main thing of it. They main thing if it is that they won and they fought hard for that. "

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Even Justin Rose is getting involved

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Golf's world number six Justin Rose has sent his congratulations to Bristol City for their win. He's even tagged in fellow golfer and City supporter Chris Wood.

What a result @bcfctweets we must have a very happy @Chris3Wood ⚽️

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Ryan Wood: Genuinely happy for Bristol City as a United fan - that's why we all love football. Now to Leicester - a much improved performance needed!

Swansea's problems run deep

Rob Phillips

BBC Wales Football Correspondent

Paul Clement's departure is a damning indictment of those who run Swansea City.

If you include club legend Alan Curtis' spells at the helm, the Swans have gone through six bosses in just two years.

Curtis has taken caretaker-charge of his beloved Swans for the last two Decembers.

As head coach, Clement must take some of the blame, just as he deservedly received plenty of praise for steering the club away from relegation last season.

But the problems run far deeper than the coach. Poor recruitment for the last few years has resulted in a squad which is inadequate by Premier League standards.

The so-called 'Swansea Way' - which disappeared when Michael Laudrup was shown the door - used to be about an attractive and successful brand of passing and movement.

Now the 'Swansea Way' is to announce a departure in December to make way for a New Year miracle worker.

The Swans have dodged this bullet for the last two seasons - this time their luck may run out.

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Mourinho is becoming tiresome with his constant negativity. He’s no Man Utd manager and I’m a City fan. Loving it though!

Phil Anthony

So when united score a last minute winner, that’s them showing their class by fighting to the end. But when the other team do it... what a joke.

Nigel, Sheffield

It appears Jose's suggestion Bristol City were "lucky" hasn't gone down well with some of you.....

Cherries gave everything - Howe

Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said their defeat at Chelsea was "heartbreaking".

"The players gave everything. In the second half, we had waves of attack and we scored, but the last part of the game is bitterly disappointing.

"I think we're experienced enough to know, but it's just one of those things. The most positive thing is that our players continued to dominate the ball."

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We've had plenty of reaction to Bristol City's win - please keep it coming. We're also keen on your thoughts on Swansea's decision to sack Paul Clement.

Here's a selection of what you've been saying about Swansea so far:

Matthew: I feel like we need to get rid of the board because they are a bigger problem

James: I think it's a terrible decision. The blame for the team's position lies squarely with the board. If you sell your two main attacking threats and then expect to replace them for pennies, you have no grounds for complaining when the goals don't come. Look at Swansea's net spend.

Charlie Mawson: I’m not a Swansea fan but I think he deserved it!!!!

Mourinho was keen to keep moving after the game

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Ashton Gate

After the final whistle, Mourinho rushed through the media zones so quickly that he delivered - bizarrely - his media conference when only one member of the written press was in attendance.

Many colleagues commented that they had never seen a manager leave so quickly after a televised game. When he did speak, the Portuguese referred to Bristol City as "lucky" numerous times.

However, before the game, he was good enough to spend more than 15 minutes giving managerial advice to 36-year-old Robins head coach Johnson in private, who clearly hugely appreciated that gesture.

Johnson, who is enjoying the best season of his young career so far, had hoped the pair would share a bottle of wine after the game, which had cost the Robins boss £450 to order especially from Portugal.

But the taste of success will be far sweeter for the Championship club, who have now beaten four Premier League sides in the competition already so far this season.

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I haven’t stopped smiling for 10 hours including in my sleep. A beautiful, beautiful day

George, Bristol City fan, London

Morata sends Chelsea through

Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth

Alvaro Morata scored an injury-time winner to send Chelsea through to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Antonio Conte says he was relieved to avoid a "dangerous" period of extra-time.

You can read more about the match here.

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Sinead Bird: Best season in a lifetime! 3rd in the championship and semi finals of the league cup. Sorry we lost faith last season Lee Johnson!

Today's back pages

The Daily Express

The Express give over part of their back page to City's win but they also claim Paris St-Germain are ready to sign Alexis Sanchez

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Swansea sack Paul Clement

It's December and in recent years that means Swansea City change manager. They've kept with their seasonal routine by showing Paul Clement the door.

SIX Premier League managers have now been sacked this season, the same number as in the whole of 2016/17.

Swansea fans, how are you feeling about Paul Clement's departure? And do you want Louis Van Gaal to replace him?

De Boer, Shakespeare, Koeman, Billic, Pulis and Clement
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The Telegraph cover Bristol City's win and Paul Clement's sacking.

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Lucky, lucky Bristol City?

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

Bristol City were "lucky" to beat Manchester United but the result was a "beautiful day for football", according to United boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho said "lucky" quite a few times in his post match media interviews. Is it sour grapes or does he have a point?

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Tim Davis: just watching a re-run and letting it sink in. Was a pleasure to tell my kids the result this morning

Mohammad Sh Ibrahim: I am a Man Utd fan.. Last night CarabaoCup reaction was shocking and disaster

Jamie: Absolute shocker of a match. United just did not show up. Appalling from the team, and fair play to Bristol City

A 'historic' win - Lee Johnson

Bristol City 2-1 Man United

It's fair to say Lee Johnson was very, very happy with his sides win over Manchester United and who could blame him?

He even explained what he was doing with that poor ballboy at the end.

"To beat Manchester United at home is a historic occasion," Johnson said.

"That Korey Smith goal at the end will live in the memory for many generations. Total euphoria.

"I didn't know what to do! I wanted to run and celebrate with the lads. He [the ball boy] was the only one there.

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

Lee Johnson and ballboy
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Today's back pages

The Guardian

The Guardian use a famous Sir Alex Ferguson quote to sum up Bristol City's win. They also have the story of a doctor they claim Fifa fired for looking into claims of doping in Russia.

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Don't forget we want to hear from you this morning. Bristol City fans how are you feeling? Ditto Man United supporters. Swansea fans - we want your thoughts on Paul Clement.

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Daily Mirror

The Mirror mangle a well-known Manchester United chant to cover Bristol City's shock win and they claim Louis Van Gaal is in the frame for the Swansea job.

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