Jose Mourinho claimed early Champions League exits are not “something new” for Manchester United as he knocked the club out twice before becoming the club’s manager.
Mourinho has reached the quarter-finals eight times in his managerial career but saw his United side humbled 2-1 on aggregate by Sevilla after substitute Wissam Ben Yedder’s brace on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to make a drama of it, we don’t have time for that,” Mourinho told reporters. “We have a match on Saturday [against Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup], we have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours. That’s football, it’s not the end of the world.
“I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford – with Porto and Real Madrid – so I don’t think it’s something new for the club.
“I don’t think the performance was bad. The intention and the way we started was really good and really positive, then after 10 or 15 minutes of success without goals, Sevilla have a good team they have players who can hide the ball.
“I don’t remember a dangerous situation for them, it was a good controlled performance by them without any danger. We had dangerous situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score. The first goal would always change the direction of the game.”
21 – Sevilla attempted 21 shots tonight; the most that Manchester United have allowed an opposition side at Old Trafford in a competitive match since Real Madrid attempted 22 in March 2013 (Champions League). Peppered. pic.twitter.com/34D4VYb62A
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 13, 2018