After having his managerial credentials questioned in recent days, though, the experienced former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss has hit back at his critics and stressed that he is perfectly happy with his record at Old Trafford. Xabi Alonso with Liverpool, Iker Casillas with Real Madrid and Ronaldo with Manchester United. It is not something new for the club.
"He told me "Because I did a fantastic job in another club and I know that I have a huge job to do so I have a challenge".
Mourinho was particularly panned for the defensive mindset the Red Devils set up with in the 2-1 defeat, as Wissam Ben Yedder's double put the tie beyond United, and his comments that it is not a new situation for the club attracted further scrutiny. "Sevilla won and so did football".
It was a historic night for Sevilla and an embarrassing one for United, who managed only four shots on target in 180 minutes against one of the weakest defences left in the competition.
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Now fifth in Spain's top division, Sevilla lags 27 points behind leader Barcelona.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts, during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park in London, Monday, March 5, 2018.
Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for United from close range in the 84th but a late rally couldn't prevent United slipping out of the competition in meek fashion.
"They were ready to win". No energy, no fast start.
Mourinho has taken the eyes off his players temporarily with his forthright presser, and his team might feel the pressure relieved before they step out against the Seagulls at the Theatre of Dreams.
Other observers seemed to agree.
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"It should be a source of embarrassment that they looked so labored, cocooned within the manager's enduring defensive rage against the fifth best team in Spain".
Initially supporters still didn't expect to see him get much game time but once more fate worked in his favour as injuries and lack of form to United's other midfielders saw him rise to the occasion.
But Ferdinand and Scholes weren't exclusively focusing on Mourinho, saying the players needed to take the blame too.
"If you want to make a real top team with [a] top mentality, you need to grow up and the best way is to have this kind of feeling".
"For some reason you go to the Champions League quarter-final like today and there are four clubs that are always there, always there".
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