Mourinho's comments after beating United in 2004 come back to bite him

Depending on which reports you have read this week, no one is safe at Manchester United after the club's listless Champions League exit to Sevilla.

Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United squad have arrived at Carrington for training as Manchester United prepare for a season-defining test in the FA Cup against Brighton.

However, some have been pointing out the flaws within Mourinho's approach for some time now, and United's turgid approach shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

A rare goal, his first and only major medal in English football, Jimmy Melia's white shoes, Brighton's helicopter ride to Wembley and the unforgettable "Smith must score" moment which ensured it went to a replay.

Despite United coming under criticism following their midweek exit from the Champions League, Hughton feels his men will have to be at their very best if they are to come out on top. "But they confirm all the good things he's done in the past few seasons, scoring at least 15 each season despite not starting all the games".

Pogba was left on the bench for United's Champions League clash against Sevilla on Tuesday night, with the midfielder not deemed fully fit after suffering a gashed leg towards the end of last week. We didn't deserve it because we weren't good enough'.

Lukaku finally got United on the board six minutes from time when he swept home Marcus Rashford's corner.

It is believed the manager told his players that "when we win, we all win, when we lose, I lose alone".

The Belgian striker, who scored what proved to be a late consolation goal at Old Trafford, caused a stir by saying "something were flawed with some players, some players were hiding" in a post-match interview with BT Sport.

"You saw that with the first goal against United, and he was up against [Eric] Bailly, who wasn't born yesterday". So I don't think it's something new for the club.

That has not put United off in their pursuit of the £60m-rated forward, and the source hinted that Mourinho would chance his hand again in trying to convince Chelsea to sell their wide man in the close season.

But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years. A year of working with the coach and learning his methods has not only given them the confidence to trust in what the manager demands, but it's also toughened them up when they really needed it.

"Being manager of Manchester United or Real Madrid or Barcelona, you have a responsibility to play the game the way it should be played, by those clubs traditions and to favour quality rather than putting the boot in".

  • Julie Sanders