Following their shocking exit from Europe’s top flight football championship, Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho has shielded his players from blame.
Speaking at the post-match press conference after their 2-1 round-of-16 second leg defeat to Sevilla at Old Trafford, the Portuguese tactician said there was nothing wrong with his players’ attitude on the pitch.
“We had good periods, we didn’t have great control over the game, but I can’t say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play.
“That’s football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match.
“I’m pleased the players aren’t hiding their sadness, but we have no time for drama.”
Reflecting on the game, he said, “I think the first goal was always going to be important, not just because of the first leg result but also the profile of the match.
“We tried to be aggressive and intense from the first minute. We didn’t score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball, and they controlled the game well.
“We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional. The second goal made it impossible.”
After playing a goalless game in the first leg in Seville, Jose Mourinho’s men were dumped out of Europe’s elite competition when Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench in the second half of the return leg at Old Trafford to put two past goalkeeper David De Gea on Tuesday night.
Romelu Lukaku grabbed one back but it was a little too late for the English club as Sevilla held their own to the end.