Jose Mourinho wasn’t at all disheartened by Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League.
The Portuguese coach even used Man United’s presence in the quarter-final of the FA Cup as a way to soften the blow.
“Liverpool are in to the next phase of the tournament? Yes, this is true, but they do not have the FA Cup either,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“We still have the top four in the league to fight for and the FA Cup too so it’s not the end of the world.
“It is disappointing but it happens. I don’t want to make a drama of it. That’s football.”
Man United fans weren’t buying it.
Many understand that they’re not the best team in Europe but a club of Man United’s standing should always be striving to land the biggest trophies in football - and it should hurt when they fail to do so.
Questions are now being asked of Mourinho and it’s easy to see why.
He isn’t getting the best out of Alexis Sanchez or Paul Pogba. He doesn’t seem to know where to play Marcus Rashford, while Marouane Fellaini is still getting minutes despite Scott McTominay’s emergence.
What Mourinho did after the defeat to Sevilla
Yet despite all of his problems right now, Mourinho remains a class act.
According to Simon Stone of BBC Sport, Mourinho went into Sevilla’s dressing room after the match - only after asking for permission to do so - and congratulated the La Liga outfit on their win.
Mourinho also wished Vincenzo Montella and his players good luck for the rest of the competition. Sevilla appreciated the gesture.
It's not the first time Mourinho did something like this
The story is reminiscent to the one that emerged in 2016, when Burnley boss Sean Dyche revealed that Mourinho congratulated him and his players following a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
“He came in and congratulated us, so fair play,” Dyche said.
Much of the criticism aimed Mourinho’s way has been to do with United’s style of play.
Steven Gerrard thought that Sevilla were there for the taking last night, but the Red Devils were hesitant to commit too many men forward.
Sevilla slowly grew in confidence and eventually took the lead through Wissam Ben Yedder’s fine strike in the 74th minute.
Man United reacted only after Ben Yedder had doubled Sevilla’s lead and Romelu Lukaku’s goal would end up being nothing more than a consolation.
Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Brighton is even more important now.
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