Jose Mourinho's Comment That Could Earn Him A Sack
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 14, 2018,
Mar 14, 2018, 21:21
It was nearly like Jose Mourinho didn't care.
"But at the end, in football anything can happen and we proved it, so that's great".
No regrets. No genuine sadness.
United's performance was widely criticised in the aftermath with many calling Mourinho's tactics and selection into question.
Afterwards Mourinho gave a prickly press conference during which he claimed losing in the Champions League was nothing new to Manchester United, given he oversaw their demise when he was in charge of Real Madrid and Porto. I sit in the chair with Real Madrid, Man United out.
Hardly the words United fans would want to hear.
"Fellaini was by no means United's worst player but what was he there for exactly?"
But at home? With United's traditions? That was never going to wash with United's supporters. And they coped with the long balls.
The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout, but had to wait for Ben Yedder's introduction as a substitute 18 minutes from time to add a clinical finish by taking his Champions League tally for the season to eight goals in seven appearances.
But they failed to make an impression on the game until they were already 2-0 down thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder's brace. Of course, the first goal always changes the direction of the game. Mourinho was and remains the best man to lead this team.
United exit the competition along with Tottenham, but Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool progressed to Friday's quarter-final draw. How about sending the team out with a cautious mindset?
Club president Jose Castro was overjoyed after the win over a United side full of internationals including Chile's Alexis Sanchez and their record signing Paul Pogba of France. "They've done well, I congratulate them and wish them the best".
He continued: "We will try to savour it all together". A Sevilla corner was flicked onto the back post where Ben Yedder stooped to send in a header that De Gea tried to palm over the bar but only succeeded in diverting it into his own net. Banking on the assumption that United would be stronger over two legs was asking for disaster, and disaster came.
'There is no excuse, ' the defensive midfielder said.
On Tuesday night, Mourinho's team knew they needed to win the game to go through.
The Red Devils have improved significantly in the Premier League since last year-they're five points clear in second having limped to sixth last season-but they are now left with only the FA Cup as their potential silverware for the campaign.