Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla (agg 1-2): Jose Mourinho defends efficiency of his gamers regardless of Champions League exit

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho refused to query the dedication of his gamers, regardless of succumbing to a surprise 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the last-16 of the Champions League, the place they misplaced 2-1 on mixture. 

After seemingly doing the exhausting work by battling to a goalless draw away to the La Liga facet, United went into the second leg at Outdated Trafford as favourites to progress.

Nonetheless, Sevilla had different concepts and two fast second-half targets from Wissam Ben Yedder gave them a shock 2-Zero lead, leaving the Pink Devils with a mountain to climb.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one again late within the recreation, but it surely wasn’t sufficient for the three-time winners of Europe’s prime membership competitors. 

United haven’t made the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2014 however Mourinho was defiant when requested about his facet’s method to the sport.

Mourinho stated: “We had good intervals. I would not say we had nice management of the sport however I could not say my gamers had one thing fallacious when it comes to their perspective and their intention to play.

“We tried because the first minute to be aggressive and intense and I might discover some similarities between the start of this recreation and in opposition to Liverpool final weekend, however then we did not rating and Sevilla progressively saved the ball and had been fairly assured having the ball and hiding the ball from us and controlling the sport effectively.

“The first goal will be always important in this match not just because of the first leg result but also because of the style of the match.”

The Outdated Trafford membership turn out to be the second Premier League casualty of this season’s Champions League, after Tottenham, who misplaced to Juventus final week. 

The FA Cup is the one hope of a trophy for United this season, barring a monumental collapse in kind within the league from leaders Manchester City, however Mourinho remained philosophical on his facet’s probabilities and the rest of the season.

He added: “A unbelievable staff like Tottenham has to do precisely the identical as us.

“Liverpool has the Champions League however would not have the FA Cup. That is football, that is life. We misplaced and tomorrow is one other day and Saturday is one other match.

“Every player is sad and they don’t hide that sadness. That is something that pleases me because I feel exactly the same but we have no time for dramas because on Saturday we have to work as we have an important match.”