Man Utd player ratings: De Gea, Valencia and Sanchez woeful against Sevilla

Lawrence Cooper
March 14, 2018

Marouane Fellaini has silenced his critics during his five years at Manchester United, but when handed his first start since November for a crucial Champions League second-leg tie, it sums up precisely where the team is right now under Mourinho.

The twinkle in his eye has gone, and all we have now is negative football and misplaced attempts at suggesting a round-of-16 elimination doesn't really matter.

Questions will be asked as to why Mourinho switched around the team and formation from that game.

Manchester United will be looking to make it to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 with a win against Sevilla at Old Trafford.

"I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and knocked United out of the Champions League, with Real or Porto, so I don't think it is something new for the club".

"Lukaku was probably United's best out-field player but he was just given no real support and he was given no real quality played into him". "This is football and we have to accept that".

After riding out a spell of pressure from the Spaniards, Fellaini then went close to opening the scoring for United, forcing Vazquez off the ball before playing a one-two with Sanchez to break into the area, but his powerful drive was tipped away by Sevilla keeper Sergi Rico.

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Jones places a lot of emphasis on his players training at the same intensity as they play, but this could now be affecting them. Every good team goes through this period. "We are always going to go through this at some stage", England boss Jones said.

When Mourinho selects Fellaini ahead of the likes of Pogba or Mata, it says everything about the manager's approach and his reluctance to trust his flair players in a finely-balanced European fixture.

There was brief hope as Romelu Lukaku netted with six minutes of normal time remaining, but United still needed two more and it was a mountain that Mourinho's side were never likely to scale. "When they scored the first goal the game was completely different".

"United were just too cautious".

Man United should not have been caught cold by Sevilla substitute Ben Yedder, considering his Champions League exploits against Liverpool this season. We had unsafe situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score. He has not always been this way, though.

"It's a very special game tomorrow night for Seville".

Few leaders survive when they become so out of touch.

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