Mourinho defends United players after Champions League ousting

Mourinho defends United players after Champions League ousting

Manchester United Manager, JOSE MOURINHO insists his players are hurting after Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League following a below-par performance against Sevilla.

Mourinho said: “We had good periods, we didn’t have great control over the game, but I can’t say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play.

“That’s football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match.

“I’m pleased the players aren’t hiding their sadness, but we have no time for drama.”

Mourinho’s side now have only one realistic chance of winning silverware this season.

They are effectively out of the title race but face Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Asked what has to change now to get United into the top-eight teams in Europe, Mourinho retorted: ‘Everything. Everything together.

‘Everybody spends money, right? It is not just us, no? It’s not just changing for changing sake, it’s a natural process, and we’re not the only team that invests money. All clubs invest money in players.’

Sevilla’s investment is paltry by comparison, though, and the 2-1 win will go down in the club’s history.

‘I am very happy to win here in this special, historic place,’ head coach Vincenzo Montella said after reaching the quarter-finals.

‘I am happy that the fans were here and that for the first time in 60 years we are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the players are happy in the dressing room they have Sevilla the club very firmly in their heart.’

Mourinho, however, was philosophical about the Red Devil’s trophy hopes this season, with the FA Cup now carrying all the weight of their lofty silverware expectations.

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