By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Premier League champions needed a win to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but their game against Real Madrid got off to the worst possible start when Karim Benzema's strike put Mourinho's team in the lead.
However, Los Blancos failed to extend their advantage despite dominating in possession, and Roberto Mancini's men equalized from the penalty spot after Alvaro Arbeloa was sent off for hauling down Sergio Aguero.
Speaking to uefa.com after the game, Mourinho bemoaned his team's inability to convert the chances they created in the first period.
"I think we should have won. We had plenty of chances to score the second goal, and if we had done that in the first half the game would have been over, but we did not score and they had a reaction. Then they had a penalty, and we had a man sent off. In those conditions we had to go for the point which would get us through," he revealed.
"At 1-1, with 10 v 11 City had thousands of attacking options, Tevez, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. They had limitless options. We just had 10 men. But we managed to hold on. We resisted. We knew how to control the game. The main thing is we qualified. Mission accomplished. We just played to draw the game and we carried out our objective."
Group D's other fixture saw Borussia Dortmund ease past Ajax 4-1, allowing the Bundesliga champions to finish top of the pile ahead of Real, but the Los Blancos boss had a reason to be pleased with his team's second place finish.
"The only two times I have finished second I went on to win it. I finished second with Porto behind Real Madrid, and with Inter I finished behind Barcelona and I won. I have won the group other times and I have not won," he shared.
"In my experience [finishing second] does not mean so much. The teams that finished first will be waiting for an opponent they think may be easier, but if they get Real Madrid that is not good news for them."
Real Madrid return to domestic action this weekend with a visit to Real Betis.