Mourinho takes dig at Liverpool after United's exit in the Champions League

Man Utd Sevilla Jose Mourinho

Man Utd Sevilla Jose Mourinho

"There's a lot of performances that are exactly the same but get swept under the carpet", was United legend Paul Scholes's summation of events.

Sevilla has never reached the Champions League quarterfinals but did make the European Cup quarter-finals in 1958.

After Manchester United suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat at home to Sevilla in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg, a match they had gone into with a 0-0 result in the away leg, manager Jose Mourinho's press conference featured his best form of defence - deflection.

"In the first half we played a good game apart from the last 30 metres", said Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella.

The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout, but had to wait for Ben Yedder's introduction as a substitute 18 minutes from time to add a clinical finish by taking his Champions League tally for the season to eight goals in seven appearances. "After that it was clear that the first goal was going to change the shape of the game and they were the ones who scored it".

"It's not the end of the world", he said. We had unsafe situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score. The 54-year-old goes on to say; Man Utd player must be jealous of the Red Devils' city rivals and they would get more enjoyment playing under Guardiola.

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Whether he sets his team out in a more positive manner for the FA Cup quarter-final clash against Brighton on Saturday remains to be see, but one thing's for sure, a performance like that simply won't be good enough. After that, we were on the edge and it was really hard. They played well in the first half without creating many unsafe situations. Was he happy that United managed only four shots on target over the two legs. It's a natural process, every team invests.

It was never going to be hard for Vincenzo Montella to appear a ray of sunshine by comparison and Sevilla's Italian coach managed it easily.

Mourinho believes he's had to take the flak for the defeat but feels United's more experienced players like Sanchez and Pogba needed to do more to get the club through, according to the Daily Star.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United have only been beyond the last 16 of the Champions League on one single occasion.

"Being manager of Manchester United or Real Madrid or Barcelona, you have a responsibility to play the game the way it should be played, by those clubs traditions and to favour quality rather than putting the boot in".

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