At Old Trafford on Tuesday night Sevilla dumped Man Utd out of the Champions League. A dour scoreless draw in the first leg drew criticism from some quarters, but Mourinho was defiant. He claimed it was all part of the plan and that we would see a different version of Man Utd in the home leg.
However, Sevilla are no mugs and they fully deserved their lead when the goal finally came. A rare error by David de Gea gifted Sevilla a second, and Lukaku's strike was too little, too late. Man Utd's Champions League dream is over, and their only chance of a trophy now is the FA Cup.
Misery For Man Utd And Mourinho
A weekend Premier League win vs Liverpool had the look of being a real turning point for Man Utd. They were clinical in attack, strong in defence and though Liverpool dominated possession the result was never in doubt. It was back to square one against Sevilla though, and Mourinho's decision to park the bus in Spain backfired spectacularly.
The Red Devils were always going to be vulnerable after failing to score an away goal, and so it proved. They created very little during the opening hour, and Sevilla's opener knocked the stuffing out of them. The second goal sealed the deal for the Spaniards, and they march on. Utd, on the other hand, must go back to the drawing board.
Fans Could Turn On The Special One
With Utd out of contention in the EPL and Champions League, the FA Cup is their only chance of glory now. While Mourinho might point to the fact they are 2nd in the EPL, they are still miles behind Man City. Given the funds that were spent during the summer, you wouldn't blame Utd fans for losing patience.
While Utd's home form is undoubtedly strong, some of their performances away from home have been overly negative. Paul Pogba's confidence looks shattered and if Woodward is forced to make a choice between him and Jose, it will be fascinating to see his decision.