Manchester United gambled everything on getting a result at home and it miserably failed. They took a 0-0 draw back to Old Trafford, then Jose Mourinho's men limped out of the Champions League as they fell to a 2-1 loss against Sevilla.
It was the Man United boss who bore most of the criticism, as the home side lacked any real offensive strategy for the bulk of the game. Only after Sevilla had scored twice did the Reds look to push forward, but that brief drive was too late to salvage their European future.
An absolutely ludicrous approach to the entire tie, and nothing less than Manchester United deserve. Miserable from Jose Mourinho, and we have to assume this is his doing.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) March 13, 2018
Well Manchester United were just dreadful. Negative, ponderous, conservative. Got their just desserts. Don't deserve to be in the last eight. Criminal given the amount of money they've spent.
— Owain Jones (@OwainJTJones) March 13, 2018
I just can't believe how bad United have been in this tie and Mourinho will be slaughtered for his approach especially in the first leg
— Philip Egan (@philegansport) March 13, 2018
This is down to Jose Mourinho’s selection and decision from the outset.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) March 13, 2018
Only themselves to blame bloody useless #United
— john kenny (@JohnKennyMedia) March 13, 2018
It’s 2018 and David Moyes is the manager to have taken Manchester United the furthest in the Champions League post-Ferguson. Mind-blowing.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 13, 2018
Paul Pogba did not start the game and when he came on failed to impress.
Paul Pogba playing like your mate who thinks he's 10x better than everyone else at five a side but really isn't.
— Tom Coast (@thcoast) March 13, 2018
And that Pogba. Zero absolutely zero impact off the bench. Joker
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) March 13, 2018
United got considerably worse when Pogba came on and Fellaini went off.
— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) March 13, 2018
Under United, Mourinho has never inspired flowing football but the constant defense for his supporters has been results. As recently as the Liverpool clash United enjoyed just 32% possession yet secured a 2-1 victory. However, after falling against a Sevilla side who just recently lost 5-1 against Eibar, results will not strengthen his case. Out of the Champions League, out of the title race and for the second year in a row their player of the season has been their goalkeeper.
Mourinho did win two trophies last year and the side are still on course for second in the Premier League, but United fans have been known to demand productive football, famously chanting "attack, attack, attack" under Van Gaal. Once again, United failed to do that.