‘Painful’ Utd loss to Sevilla sparked Mourinho rant and scrapped Cheltenham trip

Manchester United are set to renew their hostilities with Sevilla on Thursday evening – and one 'painful' experience once saw Jose Mourinho release his fury.

United had only played for a draw when the pair had clashed in the Last 16 of the Europa League in 2018. However, that meant that the Red Devils had to win before they welcomed Sevilla to Old Trafford.

At the time, United were second in the Premier League, behind runaway leaders Manchester City, while Sevilla were struggling down in sixth in La Liga. Mourinho's side were also on a three-game win streak when the Spanish side touched down in England.

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However, United, who again opted for a cautious approach, crumbled under the Sevilla pressure, and in a manic five minutes, Wissam Ben Yedder struck gold – twice.

United pulled one back through Romelu Lukaku, but it was too little too late. And Mourinho could hardly hold back his fury in the press conference: "That is not the end of the world. I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knock Man United out at home at Old Trafford.

"I sit in this chair with Porto, Man United out, I sit in this chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. So is not something new for the club and of course, being Manchester United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a disappointment, obviously."

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Rio Ferdinand fumed on Twitter: "If you don’t turn up with the right attitude and don’t apply yourself then you will get beat – don’t care what you have done or how good you have been before.

"The way @ManUtd set up at Old Trafford today to counterattack this @SevillaFC_ENG team (weakest Sevilla team for years btw) was baffling. But also the players are the ones who set the tempo too, far too slow & cautious in possession & so passive without it!"

United players had been due to visit Cheltenham the following Wednesday, but they saw their trip postponed due to Mourinho's fury at their performance.

United players tried to apologise on social media too: "We ask the fans for forgiveness following our exit. Last night was terrible and we must all reflect and take note so it doesn't happen again. It's painful, but we have to get right back up, dust ourselves off, and look ahead."

However, the embarrassment was complete – and Untied will be looking for a different outcome on Thursday evening.


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