Jose Mourinho has told all but two of his Manchester United players to ‘grow up’ following their Champions League exit to the hands of Sevilla.
United were highly expected to qualify for the quarter finals of Europe’s premier competition, especially having gained a 0-0 draw in southern Spain. However two quick fire goals from Wissam Ben Yedder put the tie out of reach.
Speaking ahead of United’s FA Cup quarter final with Brighton, Jose Mourinho embarked on a passionate rant, with him saying that only Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic deserve praise.
Mourinho admitted he was unable to reveal his true feelings about United’s chances against Sevilla, suggesting he knew they were not good enough to go through.
“If you want to make a real top team, with a top mentality, you need to grow up and the best way is to have this kind of feeling,” said Mourinho.
“Players have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure. They have to survive, and when they survive, they become stronger.
“I said we are not one of the top teams, not one of the favourites to win.
“I told you that with these words because I cannot tell you with different words while I am still in competition.
“I cannot be in a competition, go there and say we have no chance. I couldn’t tell you.
“You cannot expect me to say ‘this and that player, they have to do better’. I prefer to say that Matic and Lukaku are performing at a high level until the last match.
“But I cannot tell you the ones that are not performing. I cannot tell you before a Champions League match.”