Manchester United crash out of Champions League
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 14, 2018,
Mar 14, 2018, 5:47
"That is where I am at", he told reporters, as quoted by BBC Football. He even should have walked off the Old Trafford pitch with the match ball, having missed a clear chance to complete his hat-trick in the final seconds. That's football, it's not the end of the world.
"I've sat in this chair twice before with Porto, Manchester United out, and Real Madrid, Manchester United out, so I don't think it's anything new for the club", said Mourinho, who bristled at questions over his tactical approach. "We had a big game, as you know, against Liverpool and we came with high confidence to play this game, but Sevilla were better than us, so they deserved it". It was good controlled performance from them without any danger. We had risky situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score.
The Portuguese head coach turned to Pogba midway through the second half with the game goalless, but the France worldwide who was sold under Ferguson in 2012 struggled to have an impact.
David De Gea had to be at his best in Spain to keep the first leg of this last-16 tie goalless, but another disappointing performance would be punished on a night to forget for the hosts at Old Trafford.
In contrast, Mourinho's substitutions had little impact with Paul Pogba, only deemed fit enough for the bench, was unable to wrest control of the contest away from the LaLiga visitors.
The Red Devils warmed up for the European tie with a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool FC at Old Trafford last weekend courtesy of Marcus Rashford's two goals in the first half.
"I don't have regrets", the United boss.
"We'll be playing 100 per cent to try and achieve that".
It all began for him at Old Trafford, nearly 14 years ago to the day, when Costinha's 90th-minute goal against Sir Alex Ferguson's team knocked United out and sent Mourinho sprinting down the touchline in his raincoat.
Just 87 seconds after coming off the bench, Ben Yedder was put through by Sarabia and sent a right-footed strike past De Gea.