Unrepentant Mourinho boasts of knocking out Man Utd twice - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 14/03/2018

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said being knocked out of the Champions League at home in the last 16 was "nothing new for the club" that he once knocked out twice.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in quick succession to earn Sevilla a famous win against Manchester United and a place in the quarter-finals.

"I think the first goal was always going to be important, not just because of the first-leg result but also the profile of the match.

"We tried to be aggressive and intense from the first minute. We didn't score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball, and they controlled the game well.

"I don't think the performance was bad," said boss Mourinho, who lost at the last-16 stage for the fourth time. I don't have regrets. I did my best, the players did their best. We tried, we lost and that is football." said Mourinho on UEFA.com

When asked about the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game, the Belgium striker told BT Sport that "some players were hiding".

"I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League after knocking out Manchester United [in the last 16] at home, at Old Trafford. In this chair with Porto [in 2004] and Real Madrid [in 2013], they are out both times. It is not something new for the club.

"I don't think the performance was bad, I think the intention and the way we started was really good and positive. Sevilla has a good team and they can hide the ball and have players in midfield who are good at doing that. They did that for the majority of the time.

"I think the first goal was always going to be important, not just because of the first-leg result but also the profile of the match.

"Sometimes I am lucky with changes, others time other managers are. It was good, a happy move by Vincenzo to bring Ben Yedder on. When they scored the first goal, the game is completely different." said the Portuguese manager.

The Red Devils have now won just one out of their past nine knockout games in the competitions and have been knocked out at this stage in two of their past three campaigns.
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