Jose Mourinho claims that exiting the Champions League early is not a new experience for Manchester United following Wednesday morning’s 2-1 defeat to Sevilla.
A brace from substitute Ben Yedder in the second-half knocked the Red Devils out of Europe’s elite competition at Old Trafford, with the ‘Special One’s’ choices of personnel and tactics again raising the eyebrows of fans.
However, after boasting of his own record when playing against United previously, Mourinho says that the result should not be shocking.
“I’ve sat in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knock out Man United at home, at Old Trafford,” he told reporters after the match.
“I sit in this chair with Porto – Man United out, I sit in this chair with Real Madrid – Man United out.
“So I don’t think it’s something new for the club…of course being Manchester United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a delusion, obviously.”
Mourinho’s men only created a total of three shots on target in the 90 minutes, however, the Portuguese manager believes that Sevilla were defensively-minded until taking the lead.
“I don’t think the performance was bad,” he said.
“The intention and the way we started was really good and was really positive.
“Then after 10-15 minutes of that success without goals – Sevilla has a good team and they can hide the ball, they have players in midfield that are really good at hiding the ball from the opponent.
“They did that for the majority of the time, in the first half I don’t remember a dangerous situation for them.
“It was a good, controlled performance by them, without any kind of danger.
“The first goal changes the direction of the game and the first goal was for them.”
Yet Mourinho did credit the decision of counterpart Vincenzo Montella to introduce Yedder into the match, with United having no answer to his two goals inside five minutes.
“Sometimes I am lucky with changes, other times other managers are lucky with their changes,” he added.
“I think it was a good, happy move from Vincenzo to bring [on] Ben Yedder.
“When he scored the first goal, then the game is completely different.”