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Champions League Manchester United 1–2 Sevilla

SIMON WILLIAMS reports from Old Trafford

JOSE MOURINHO insists that his Manchester United side “don’t have time” to dwell on their exit from this season’s Champions League.

After his side beat rivals Liverpool on Saturday, the United manager played down the victory insisting that the two forthcoming cup games, starting against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night, were more significant.

But the Red Devils fell at the first hurdle, having been humbled at home by the La Liga side following a 2-1 home defeat, Wissam Ben Yedder scoring a quick-fire brace within six minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute before Romelu Lukaku netted a consolation in the closing stages.

After the game, Mourinho demanded his players now focus on the FA Cup quarter-final game against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford, which is their only remaining chance of securing any silverware this season.

He said: “I don’t want to make a drama of it, we don’t have time for that. We have a match on Saturday. We have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours and that’s football. That’s not the end of the world.

“I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knocked out Man United at home, at Old Trafford. 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 is something new for the club. Of course, being Man United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a disappointment.”

Despite the defeat, Mourinho insisted that he had “no regrets” about his or his players’ performance against the Sevillistas, but he acknowledged that the club need to strengthen on the field if they are going to avoid the same fate next season.

“I don’t have regrets. I did my best, the players did their best, we tried, we lost and that’s football,” said the Portuguese.

But “everything, everything has to change. Everybody spends money, right? Not just us, right? It’s a natural process and we’re not the only team that invests money. All clubs invest money in players.”
 

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