Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic tactical approach once again came in for heavy criticism after his side played out a drab 0-0 draw with Sevilla in Spain last night.
Despite, a pretty insipid display the result means United now know a victory at home in the second leg will see them progress to the quarter final stage of the Champions League.
During Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as manager the Red Devils in all honesty were not always too pleasing on the eye in European away games. But after last nights fixture, many critics once again hit out at Mourinho for what they see as a betrayal of the club’s attacking traditions.
The Portuguese coach became angered by questions about whether players like Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba are able to stick to a strict tactical approach.
“I think many of you are in a new sport, when in England some guys say the wingers shouldn’t defend,” he said.
“The next time I see David Beckham, I’m going to ask him, ‘When you played right-wing for United, when the left-back attacked, did you stay looking in the stands or track back?’
“Everybody knows I am not a big friend of Roy Keane or Paul Scholes, but I will ask them if they tracked back.
“All of the players look like they have to be free when they don’t have the ball, but when the team has the ball you attack, and when you don’t defend. It’s that simple. But it looks like some guys now are creating a new sport.
“The winning teams, the top teams in the world now, everybody works and has tactical discipline.” he concluded.
United’s next game will be at Old Trafford this Sunday against Mourinho’s former club Chelsea. This weekend’s game will also see the Portuguese coach come up against his current arch nemesis Antonio Conte, so it promises to be an intriguing affair.