There was something unmistakably Jose Mourinho about Manchester United‘s performance at Sevilla on Wednesday night.
In a tense affair at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, the Special One helmed a gritty showing as United smuggled a 0-0 draw with David de Gea making a record number of saves. The Spaniard was needed to deny Steven Nzonzi and Luis Muriel in typically brilliant fashion.
That wasn’t to say the Red Devils didn’t have chances of their own, though, with Romelu Lukaku spurning a brilliant first-half opportunity on the volley.
The goalless draw has divided opinions and it’s clear to see why. Some fans consider it a sensible performance at the home of a tough opponent, whereas others have viewed it as a defeatist and negative approach.
Mourinho summed it up himself after the game, remarking: “I’m not happy, I’m not unhappy. It’s a result that leaves everything open to the second leg.”
United spark debate with cagey Sevilla performance
Either way, United hold the marginal advantage going into the second-leg at Old Trafford but a single away goal from Sevilla can change everything.
One man who really isn’t sitting on the fence, though, is Ian Wright who delivered a damning verdict on the English side on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Given the club’s history of fast attacking football, contrasted against the styles of Manchester City and Liverpool, the Arsenal legend thought United fans should be ‘disgusted’ with the showing.
Ian Wright thinks Man Utd fans should be ‘disgusted’
Wright damningly concluded: “The United teams of old, especially the ones that I played against, it was all about pace and getting forward quickly, and passing quickly.
“I heard you guys talking about Liverpool and Manchester City forward lines but if you look at Rashford, Martial, Lukaku, Sanchez; backed up by Pogba – wouldn’t that frighten you? If they were playing with confidence and the way they should be playing.
“Man Utd should be doing a lot better than they are doing with the players they’ve got.
“I’m baffled as to why they’re playing in this sterile way, if I’m a Man Utd fan tonight I’m absolutely disgusted with this performance.”
It wasn’t that bad, was it Ian?
The ex-Arsenal man has probably treated the Sevilla result somewhat harshly but the overarching point about United under Mourinho is something of a painful truth.
Fans shouldn’t act like it wasn’t inevitable with the Special One in charge, yet even he should be better utilising the fast and talent forward players he has in his squad.
Furthermore, the Premier League table suggests that there’s a clear winner out of Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s respective philosophies right now.
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