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Lee Johnson reveals why he celebrated Manchester United match-winner with Bristol City ball boy

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has revealed why he celebrated his side’s 93rd minute match winner with the ball boy on Wednesday night.

The Robins dumped holders Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 victory at Ashton Gate.

Bristol City took the lead through Joe Bryan before being pegged back when Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the back of the net seven minutes later.

But the hosts went on to win the clash when Korey Smith scored a dramatic last-minute winner sending the fans inside Ashton Gate wild.

Lee Johnson celebrates with a Bristol City ball boy

Korey Smith’s goal proved to be the winner

One happy manager: Lee Johnson

Following the 26-year-old’s goal, City manager Johnson ran down the touchline and proceeded to pick up a ball boy and whirl him around.

Speaking at full-time, The Robins boss said: “I was going to run on the pitch, then realised I couldn’t. So it was great to see him [the ball boy]. I needed to celebrate with someone.

“To beat Manchester United at home is a historic occasion, and that Korey Smith goal at the end will live in the memory for many generations.

Smith’s last-minute winner

A grumpy Jose Mourinho watches on

“You don’t beat Manchester United if you are Bristol City unless every single player is doing a man and a half’s job. These players now will have a bond forever.

“We have beaten four Premier League teams now. It’s Roy of the Rovers.”

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