No excuses for Champions League exit, says Man United's Matic

Matic was also full of praise for his new central midfield partner Scott McTominay
Matic was also full of praise for his new central midfield partner Scott McTominay

14 March, 2018

United fans will probably all have different opinions but the question was put to Rio Ferdinand ahead of United's Champions League second-leg vs Sevilla.

Ben Yedder opened the scoring with a sharp turn and sweet shot past David De Gea in the 74th minute.

"There is no time to be sad", Mourinho said after Wissam Ben Yedder's two goals sent Sevilla into the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time.

The Red Devils were booed off the field by those still inside Old Trafford, but Mourinho remained philosophical on a bad night. "We had a big game. against Liverpool and we came with high confidence to play this game, but Sevilla were better than us, so they deserved it".

"I don't have a preferred opponent: they are all strong teams, but we will play to win against anyone".

The 36-year-old midfielder confirmed on Monday that he will bring the curtains down on his football career at the end of the season.

Ferguson didn't look too enthused sat in the Old Trafford stands as he was caught on camera during a disappointing performance from the home side. Only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo - with 12 goals - has more.

The club legend led Manchester United to Champions League glory following a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea FC in Moscow before losing to Barcelona in the final in 2009 and 2011.

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He was chippy when quizzed by Spanish-speaking reporters, with one asking if it was an acceptable performance by United given the difference in finance.

Progress may be being made by Mourinho but it is mid-March and his team are out of the race for the Premier League title, where they trail Manchester City by 16 points, and of Europe.

Clutching desperately at the thinnest of straws, Mourinho suggested United had no time for self-recrimination because they had an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Brighton coming up at the weekend.

"I don't have regrets. I think he's the best English player in the game".

"We'll be playing 100 per cent to try and achieve that".

What may gall Mourinho the most will be that opposite number Vincenzo Montella's game plan is one the United manager has utilised to such good effect on so many occasions in the past.

"Everybody spends money - it's not just us, right?"

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