Champions League heartache not new for United, insists Mourinho

Man Utd Sevilla Jose Mourinho

Romelu Lukaku has backtracked after appearing to criticise his Manchester United team-mates, whom he accused of "hiding" after their 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

In the past he has resorted to goading fellow managers, shaming players publicly in order to motivate them and putting 10 players behind the ball in order to counter possession-based teams.

United midfielder Matic said: 'They played really well, and they deserved to go through'.

Mourinho's post-match "no drama" comments and his freakish decision to remind fans that his Porto and Real Madrid teams had also eliminated United from the Champions League, left him open to more criticism.

Ben Yedder celebrates scoring a goal.

"We have to forget this". It is not something new for the club.

A stubborn Mourinho, who has won the competition with Porto and Inter Milan, said his side had not put in a "bad performance" but that contrasted with the sour mood in Manchester after a first home European defeat since 2013 to a Sevilla side only fifth in La Liga.

'But we have no time to be sad for a long time, we have a match on Saturday. The second goal was a bit lucky but a good header nonetheless.

The Portuguese boss, who started with Marouane Fellaini in midfield before substituting him for Paul Pogba with half an hour remaining, defended his side's performance, insisting the first goal by sub Wissam Ben Yedder was crucial.

The stark facts are that United had four shots on target across both legs, against a team that conceded more goals (12) than any other side still in the Champions League and five goals on two occasions in its past seven Spanish league games.

However, Jose Mourinho's team struggled against a highly disciplined display by the visitors, with the visitors coming out 2-1 on the night and on aggregate.

It was nearly like Jose Mourinho didn't care.

Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko's strike ensured Roma reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2008 with victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

According to the BBC, Sevilla's players were so impressed with Mourinho's grace and humility that they responded with a round of applause. They're frustrated with him, they think he got the tactics wrong, but what's the Plan B, get Pep Guardiola in?

"We've got another cup competition we've got to go and play for and we want to get ourselves back to winning ways and into the next round in that competition".

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