JOSE: NO RE­GRETS AS UNITED CRASH OUT

MOUR­INHO DE­FI­ANT DE­SPITE DIS­MAL CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE EXIT TO SEVILLA AT OLD TRAF­FORD

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Jose Mour­inho had no re­grets af­ter Manch­ester United crashed out of the Cham­pi­ons League last night, say­ing the shock de­feat to Sevilla was “not the end of the world”.

David De Gea had to be at his best in Spain to keep the first leg of the last-16 tie goal­less,.

But another dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance was pun­ished on a night to for­get for the hosts at Old Traf­ford.

Sevilla again took the game to an un­der­cooked United side and de­servedly went through with a 2-1 vic­tory as sub­sti­tute Wis­sam Ben Yed­der’s quick­fire sec­ond-half brace meant a late Romelu Lukaku goal was mere con­so­la­tion.

The Red Devils were booed off the field by those still in­side Old Traf­ford, but Mour­inho re­mained philo­soph­i­cal on a bad night.

“I told you yes­ter­day that it would be dis­ap­point­ment if we would lose the match,” the United boss said.

“I don’t want to make a drama of it, we don’t have time. We have a match on Satur­day, we have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours and that’s foot­ball.

“That’s not the end of the world.

“I sit in this chair twice in the Cham­pi­ons League and I knock out Man United at home at Old Traf­ford.

“I sit in this chair with Porto, Man United out. I sit in the chair with Real Madrid, Man United out.

“So, I don’t think it is some­thing new for the club and of course be­ing Manch­ester United man­ager and los­ing a Cham­pi­ons League tie at home is a dis­ap­point­ment.”

Mour­inho de­fended the dis­play, adding: “I don’t think the per­for­mance was bad.”

Sevilla went ahead on 74 min­utes. Just 87 sec­onds af­ter com­ing off the bench, Ben Yed­der was put through by Pablo Sara­bia and hit a right­footed shot past De Gea.

United wilted rather than ral­lied, with Sevilla se­cur­ing progress in the 78th minute.

Ever Banega’s cor­ner was flicked on for Ben Yed­der to get in a header. De Gea tipped it onto the bar, only for it to ag­o­nis­ingly curl over the line.

Lukaku fired in a Rash­ford cor­ner in the 84th minute as United re­sponded, but there was no stop­ping Sevilla and De Gea de­nied Ben Yed­der a hat-trick in stop­page time .

The FA Cup is now the only sil­ver­ware still up for grabs ahead of Satur­day’s quar­ter­fi­nal against Brighton, but Mour­inho did not re­gret his ap­proach over the two legs against Sevilla. “I don’t have re­grets,” he said. “I did my best, the play­ers did their best. We tried, we lost and that’s foot­ball.”

Asked what has to change now to get United into the topeight teams in Europe, Mour­inho re­torted: “Every­thing. Every­thing to­gether. Every­body spends money, right?

“It is not just us, no? It’s not just chang­ing for chang­ing sake, it’s a nat­u­ral process.”

Wis­sam Ben Yed­der cel­e­brates his cru­cial opener for Sevilla last night as Manch­ester United’s Ash­ley Young de­spairs.

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