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Mourinho: UCL Exit Nothing New For United, Sevilla’s First Goal Hurt Us

Mourinho: UCL Exit Nothing New For United, Sevilla’s First Goal Hurt Us

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho admitted his side was stunned by Sevilla’s first goal but he’s already looking beyond the shock 2-1 loss to Sevilla which saw them crash out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday at Old Trafford.

Manchester United went down to their Spanish opponents courtesy of a brace from Wassin Ben Yeddar which secured a quarter-final place for Sevilla for the first time since 1958.


The former Chelsea coach played down the defeat, insisting it is no big deal.

“I sat in this chair with Porto – Man United out. I sat in this chair with Real Madrid – Man United out. It’s not something new for this club,” Mourinho said during his post-match press conference referring to when he led other clubs to beat United in 2004 and 2013.

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He then admitted after the game that the first goal scored with 18 minutes left to play rattled his side.

“I think the first goal was always going to be important, not just because of the first leg result but also the profile of the match,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

“We tried to be aggressive and intense from the first minute. We didn’t score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball, and they controlled the game well.

“We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional. The second goal made it impossible.

“We had good periods, we didn’t have great control over the game, but I can’t say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play.

“That’s football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match.

“I’m pleased the players aren’t hiding their sadness, but we have no time for drama.”

Manchester United will face Brighton in the Emirates Cup quarter-final clash on Saturday in their next game in what is effectively the only competition realistically possible for Mourinho to win this season.

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