Grateful Mourinho hugs reporter for avoiding Pogba questions

Grateful Mourinho hugs reporter for avoiding Pogba questions

Overall, United's first outing in the knockout round of this season's UEFA Champions League was hugely disappointing, but the 21-year-old midfielder's performance was certainly superlative, and his showing was hailed as "fantastic" and "brilliant" by manager Jose Mourinho.

They were seen having a heated discussion during last month's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham, while Pogba has also been dropped to the bench in recent games.

Borderline professional. That is how I would describe Manchester United's performance against Sevilla in the away fixture of the Round of 16.

Mourinho summed it up himself after the game, remarking: "I'm not happy, I'm not unhappy".

De Gea made one good early save low down to deny Colombian Muriel, while Jesus Navas, impressive at right-back, fired just wide after latching onto Ever Banega's cross-field pass.

He could now face another untimely spell on the sidelines, with United's programme including Premier League games against Chelsea and Liverpool before the Sevilla second leg on March 13.

"I really feel the result reflected what the game was - you ask me was it a good result, and I say it was not good and not bad".

The Spain worldwide kept out efforts from Steven N'Zonzi and Joaquin Correa early on before highlighting his incredible reflexes with a stunning one-handed save to deny Luis Muriel's header.


You'd think that the worst thing that happened at Wednesday night's drab 0-0 Champions League affair between Sevilla and De Gea FC was the death of football but, in fact, something worse did happen.

Mourinho's side were criticised for another tiresome performance, despite fielding a team that boasted Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, and after decent results for Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea in their last-16 ties, some have accused Man United of letting the side down.

"It opened up in the second half", he said.

However, he lasted only 17 minutes before being replaced by Paul Pogba.

Keane continued: "You're talking about Man United, one of the greatest clubs on the planet". Now we have one match to decide everything at Old Trafford.

United forward Romelu Lukaku spurned a rare clear opening in the first period when he punted a pass from Alexis Sanchez well over the bar and the Belgian had a goal ruled out for handball late in the second.

The Spaniard's wonder save kept Man United in the tie, more importantly, kept the home side from scoring.

"They didn't even try to score a goal".

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