Paul Ince rips into Man Utd after Sevilla defeat in brutally honest rant

Manchester United v Sevilla FC  - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Two words to describe Manchester United's performance during the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday night: toothless and spineless.

Individual mistakes at the back and a complete lack of potency going forward cost the Red Devils, who were by far the second best team at the Theatre of Dreams.

Indeed, you know it's bad when even David de Gea is making costly errors, with the Spaniard flapping the ball into his own net for Sevilla's second goal.

Further up the pitch, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were once again woeful as the latter gave the ball away no less than 42 times - a Champions League record for this season.

United have since been slammed by fans and the media alike for bombing out of the Champions League so spectacularly and now ex-player Paul Ince has torn into the players.

Speaking to Paddy Power in a passionate and honest rant, Ince tore into United's underperforming stars and said there isn't a single leader in the team. Take it away, Paul.


"The entire team needs to take a long look at themselves after that performance, as well as the fans and the manager," he said.

"They thought they could suddenly show up when Sevilla scored, but they didn't. That complacency and lack of desire is the reason they aren't in the quarter-finals.


"I can say for a fact that if me, Bryan Robson or Roy Keane were on that pitch and the game had started like that, it would be a different story.

"There's not one leader in that entire United team. Not one player who can get a grip of the game, organise the players and make a difference.

"Your top players, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, David De Gea and Alexis Sanchez, should be able to stand up when the team is in trouble like that and change the game.

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"None of them were capable and I believe that says a lot. Sanchez keeps trying to do things, and make things happen, but the more he does the worse the team gets.

"I'd bet that he probably thinks to himself that he wished he'd waited until the end of the season and gone to another team.

"It's evident, from watching United since he joined, that he doesn't suit how Jose Mourinho plays football. You could see him fitting in at Manchester City better.

Manchester United v Sevilla FC  - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

"A player I've never criticised is Pogba, he's been an easy scapegoat for a lot of United's poor performances. In fact, I've always backed him.

"But I started to see why some pundits and fans moan about him. I'd describe his performance, in one word, as 'sulky'. He came on and looked totally disinterested. 

"Irrespective of what's going on, whether you've been having a tough time of it lately or you're feeling irritated at not being selected, you need to appreciate what an honour it is to be at United."

It really is impossible to argue with Ince on this occasion.

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