Jose Mourinho has defended his players attitude after they crashed out of the UEFA Champions League last night.
Having drawn 0-0 in Spain, United knew they had to score at least once to progress. Despite that, the players produced one of the worst performances of the season as they strolled round the pitch with no urgency. They finally sprung into life after substitute striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in quick succession, leaving United needing three in 12 minutes.
While they pulled one back through Romelu Lukaku, the mountain was too big, and United failed to make the last eight leaving the manager to face questions about his players’ attitude:
“The first goal will be always important in this match not just because of the first leg result but also because of the style of the match,” Mourinho said.
“We tried since the first minute to be aggressive and intense and I could find some similarities between the beginning of this game and against Liverpool last weekend, but then we didn’t score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball and were quite confident having the ball and hiding the ball from us and controlling the game well.
“We had good periods. I wouldn’t say we had great control of the game but I couldn’t say my players had something wrong in terms of their attitude and their intention to play.”
With United now 16 points behind City in the League, they only have the FA Cup left to play for if they want to finish with some silverware. They can progress to the semi-finals with a win over Brighton this weekend, but will need to put in a hugely improved performance.