Champions League: Jose Mourinho Goes Full ‘Teflon’ After Wretched Home Defeat Sees Man Utd Knocked Out By Sevilla (Photos & Video)

Chris Wright

14th, March 2018


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A needlessly conservative performance from Manchester United was punished with embarrassing Champions League elimination as Jose Mourinho’s side fell to a sloppy 2-1 defeat against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

After a similarly unambitious, shackled first leg finished goalless in Andalusia, Mourinho once again set out to win by a single goal and, once again, found his side usurped by opponents who could scarcely believe the lack of attacking gumption on display.

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Once again, United were the square root of dreadful, mustering a total of four efforts on target over 180 minutes against a Sevilla side who have conceded the second highest amount of goals (42) of all the clubs in the top half of La Liga this season.

The opening goal came in the 74th minute when Wissam Ben Yedder breached the United back-line little over a minute after coming on as a substitute…

Just four minutes later, Ben Yedder doubled both his and Sevilla’s tally when he forced a scrambled header past David De Gea from an acute angle…

United then finally got their backsides in gear when Romelu Lukaku muscled in to lash home Marcus Rashford’s 84th-minute corner…

And that’s how it ended, with United meekly turned over in front of their own fans.

Unsurprisingly, Mourinho was unwilling to accept any blame after the final whistle, instead reminding United supporters that they’d been knocked out of Europe before on at least two other occasions in the recent past:

I’ve sat in this chair twice before, with Porto – Man Utd out, and with Real Madrid – Man Utd out, so this is nothing new for this football club.

Wow. You can almost smell the Teflon from here. We’re sure that little self-serving trip down memory will be warmly received by those forced to sit through 180 minutes of spiritless pap.

Pies will never understand Mourinho’s insistence on stifling any and all opponents in big matches, regardless of how vastly superior his squad is. Never.

This time, he got exactly what he deserved.

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  1. Bruno says:

    Ridiculous. Mourinho needs to go at the end of the season. You can’t play like that we the team we have. With van Gaal and Moyes, we didn’t have the players, now we have fucking great players and this kind of football is absolutely unacceptable. No desire, no shots on target, NO URGENCY, nothing. They just walk out there and nobody can tell me that Pogba, Sanchez, Rashford, Mata, Valencia, Bailly, De Gea, Martial, Lukaku, Shaw and Matic are not on the same level of any City player. These are fucking great players and Mourinho is making them play like cowards.

    • A Nonny Moose says:

      Luke Shaw? Really now…

    • MaggyMags says:

      Rashford and Martial = Sterling and Sane?
      In terms of potential, sure, but in terms of performance? Not yet.
      Is that due to Mourinho shackling them? Maybe.

      I just don’t understand why Man Utd hired him in the first place – beyond desperation for a big name – this is his trademark, this is what he does..
      As a Newcastle United supporter, watching you lot use similar tactics to us with the players you have is rather comical.
      In Rafa’s defence, we play to our strengths and grind out occasional results, but often its a one-goal game gamble, we win some, we lose some – why Mourinho’s Utd like to play the one-goal game gamble with that squad, only he knows… Funny to watch though ;)

      • Bruno says:

        Exactly. Mourinho is asking great players to play like they are inferior to every team they face. Regarding Rashford/Martial and Sterling/Sane, I think Rashford is better than all of these guys and I don’t think Sterling is that good. He’s having a great season but that’s due to Pep, in my opinion. He never performed like that before, except maybe for that season with Liverpool. Rashford had two very difficult and pragmatic managers in van Gaal and Mourinho yet he is one of the biggest talents in football. Imagine he playing for Guardiola?

        Pep is making good players look great and great players are playing fantastic football, while Mourinho is making great players look average. To me, that’s the difference.

        I honestly think Mourinho is not as good today as he was 10 years ago. Ok, he was always defensive but he used to make players better, big players better… It’s not like that anymore. Maybe football now is different, I don’t know, but he will never be a success at United, no matter who he sign.

  2. Calvin says:

    Once again…

  3. milt_palacio says:

    And it’s not like Sevilla parked the bus. The teams were pretty even in possession and passes made, with Sevilla having more shot attempts. And N’Zonzi, what a player!
    That beeing said, I expect Sevilla to be beaten quite comfortably in the next round by every team left in the competition, bar maybe Roma.

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