Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had a curious defence for his team’s Champions League disaster — drawing attention to the times he knocked his current employers out of the competition.
The bizarre decision to call up Marouane Fellaini for only his fifth start of the season and first since November ahead of Paul Pogba backfired on Tuesday as they were dumped out by Sevilla.
A late double from Wissam Ben Yedder made the difference for the visitors, with Romelu Lukaku’s late goal scant consolation after an abject display.
“It’s not the end of the world. I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knock out Man Utd at home, at Old Trafford,” the Man United boss told reporters.
“I sit in this chair with Porto – Man Utd out – I sit in this chair with Real Madrid – Man Utd out… So I don’t think it’s something new for the club. Of course, being Manchester United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a delusion obviously.”
Mourinho added to BT Sports: “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.”