Man Utd boss Mourinho: The players must learn from Sevilla

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini started in midfield in place of Scott McTominay

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini started in midfield in place of Scott McTominay

He was right to point to Sevilla's impressive European pedigree, but to argue a club that topped the Deloitte's latest Football Money League, fielding a £75million striker and with a £89.3m midfielder on the bench, was not well-resourced enough to plot a route to the Champions League quarter-finals is nonsense. So in seven years with four different managers, once not qualify for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was the quarterfinal.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged the club's supporters to remain patient following their UEFA Champions League exit.

After Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat by Sevilla, the Portuguese had said being knocked out of the Champions League at home in the last 16 was "nothing new for the club".

Liverpool (ninth), Juventus (10) and Roma (24th) are also outside of the top five in terms of financial strength, but the others - Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City - are all among the five richest clubs.

"I am alive", he told reporters, as quoted via the club's website.

Unsurprisingly, Mourinho's comments drew criticism that mostly focused on his tactical approach to the game.

Only once the situation was dire did Mourinho throw on another £70 million of attacking talent in Anthony Martial and Juan Mata to ride to the rescue. The introduction of Wissam Ben Yedder was crucial. Even though he might tweak the starting XI, this basically means the list of available and unavailable players won't change.

Now fifth in Spain's top division, Sevilla lags 27 points behind leader Barcelona.

Ferdinand had sympathy for isolated striker Romelu Lukaku, who pulled a goal back in the 84th minute. "Here, he just looks like a stranger in this team". If they are to win, every game in this competition will carry the same pressure of the Europa League final in Stockholm against Ajax. No energy, no fast start.

"The performance was very bad and they lost, as they rightly should do, but there are a lot of performances exactly the same and they win and it gets swept under the carpet".

Sanchez more or less benefited from a free role in London, which isn't the case at United. "We didn't come away with a [positive] result, but we played very well".

Other observers seemed to agree.

Mourinho says he cannot name them, but we can. "But if they are in a better situation than us, and they keep investing the same or more than us, it's hard".

"The players are back to the training ground, and focusing in an important match on Saturday as I was saying these two matches against Sevilla and Brighton, if you win you're in, if you're lose you're out".

"The players have let him down tonight by being so mediocre against a poor team", said Scholes.

"I could be in another country with a league in the pocket".

The added problem for Mourinho is that runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City are setting pulses racing and the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham also play an exciting brand of football.

Lukaku is looking to win the FA Cup for the first time in his career despite his excellent goal-scoring record in the competition.

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