JASON PETTIGROVE LOOKS AT MANCHESTER UNITED’S EXIT FROM THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
- Journalist Jason Pettigrove looks at Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League against Sevilla last night.
Manchester United will be licking their wounds this morning.
A disastrous Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla was, frankly, all of their own work.
At the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the first leg, had the football gods been smiling on them, the Spaniards would've won by at least a two-goal margin.
That should've been enough of a warning that the Andalusians would be a threat in Manchester. United had to hit the ground running but they didn't get going until after they'd gone 1-0 down.
After beating Liverpool so comfortably at the weekend, why was it that a team full of attacking intent played so defensively - AT HOME?!
They never looked likely to trouble their visitors and that's a damning indictment.
Former player Ray Wilkins commented that Sevilla would be in the bottom six of the Premier League if they played in it every week, and it's not difficult to imagine that United's players probably thought the same. No doubting that it probably took their collective eyes off of the ball.
Even their most expensive acquisitions had another shocker. Lukaku, Sanchez, Pogba... they were performances not worthy of European football's premier competition.
The buck stops with Mourinho but, typically, he would try and deflect the blame in his post-match press conference. He's the master at it but the joke's wearing a little thin now.
Even David Moyes has got further in the competition at United than the Special One.
Never underestimate your opponent is a valuable lesson that the Red Devils will have taken away from this game.
Both United and Sevilla got what they deserved.