Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken heat off his players following their dismal 1-2 home loss in the UEFA Champions League to Sevilla on Tuesday.
This development ensued even as the Spanish side bossed United in both legs and picked up the famous win following Ben Yedder’s late brace. In typical fashion, Mourinho diffused the situation in only the best way he knows how.
“I could find some similarities between the beginning of this game and the beginning against Liverpool. We had good situations, we had good periods. I don’t say we had great control of the game because the opponent had.
“But I cannot say that my players had something wrong in terms of their attitudes and intentions to play. I am happy that every player is sad and that they don’t hide that sadness and that pleases me because I feel the same. We have no time for drama,” the bold Mourinho told BT Sport.
It is not the first time that he has come out strongly in his choice of words. He added that the team’s focus quickly shifts to beating Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who won the Champions League in 2005, has publicly criticised United’s performance in that loss. The Red Devils allowed Sevilla to have 21 shots at their goal, the most at Old Trafford in the last eight years.
“The problem with United is they only showed tempo and urgency when panic kicked in and that is when Yedder got the first goal,” Gerrard said. He alongside former United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes wanted Marcus Rashford to play on the left side of attack. Moreover, they felt that Alexiz should be dropped from the starting line-up following a string of poor performances.
United are walking on tight rope as only a solid FA Cup run coupled with a good league finish will salvage their season. In their final eight league matches, they still have to face Manchester City away and host Arsenal at Old Trafford in April.