JOSE: NO REGRETS AS UNITED CRASH OUT
MOURINHO DEFIANT DESPITE DISMAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE EXIT TO SEVILLA AT OLD TRAFFORD
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.