Dietmar Hamann: Manchester United were “embarrassing” against Sevilla

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has hit out at Manchester United for an “embarrassing” performance against Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Jose Mourinho controversially dropped Paul Pogba, who he declared wasn’t 100 per cent fit, for the tie, opting for a three-man midfield comprising of Scott McTominay, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic.

And despite the Frenchman coming on after just 17 minutes, Man United’s attacking display was predictably flat, managing just one shot on goal while David de Gea maintained parity with a couple of superb saves just before half time.

Speaking after the game, Hamann noted that United’s performance in Seville was nothing short of dreadful.

“A good Sevilla performance,” he said.

“De Gea came to the rescue a few times, from Manchester United’s point of view, it was dreadful, it was anti-football in a way.

“For a club the size of United, for the money they’ve spent in recent years, I thought it was an embarrassing performance.”

Frustration after this game is understandable. Mourinho, once again, approached a big away game with an intention to prevent the opponent from playing rather than placing emphasis on United’s vastly superior attacking arsenal.

Once again, United appeared flat, disjointed, capable of little more than maintaining a solid defensive shape against a side lacking any serious threat.

Put simply, the attitude was all wrong. Pogba didn’t get on the ball nearly enough, and when he did options up the pitch were scarce. The attacking trio of Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were blunt-edged from the start.

And yet, Mourinho won’t care. He came for this result and got it, investing his confidence in United’s capacity to dispatch Sevilla at Old Trafford on March 13. Should he get it, this stalemate in Spain will suddenly look far less embarrassing.

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