Champions League heartache not new for United, insists Mourinho

Champions League heartache not new for United, insists Mourinho

"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".

Manchester United were thankful to goalkeeper David De Gea during the game after he made a number of crucial saves. That's football, it's not the end of the world.

Jose Mourinho had already played his trump card, bringing on Paul Pogba, who was only fit enough for the bench, and United stumbled to a shock home defeat despite Romelu Lukaku sparking a grandstand finish.

Though United pressed for the two they needed, they never really looked like breaking through Sevilla's stoic back line, and Ben Yedder could have even completed his hat-trick in stoppage time as the Spaniards took their place in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

During his spells with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, Mourinho has developed a reputation as the master of stifling the opposition before striking at the most opportune moment, but the tables were turned in dramatic fashion here.

"Lukaku was probably United's best out-field player but he was just given no real support and he was given no real quality played into him". "We tried, we lost and that's football".

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United wilted rather than rallied, and Sevilla secured their progress in the 78th minute.

Sevilla did that and, once Ben Yedder scored the opener late in the second half, the folly of Mourinho's first-leg game plan was exposed.

Mourinho, who keeps reminding us that he has won the competition twice before - but not since 2010 - instead reacts as though he is brushing a stain off his jacket before moving on to something else.

Was he happy that United managed just four shots on target over the two legs. Manchester United on the other hand could be licking their lips at this draw, and having gone to top notch form at Old Trafford, it could be as clear as day that Mourinho will win the tie.

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.

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