Ashley Young has bemoaned Manchester United’s inability to take their chances following defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.
They displayed slightly more ambition in the second half but Mourinho was eventually made to pay for the gaps left in midfield as Wassim Ben Yedder claimed two quick goals to dump Man United out of the Champions League.
Speaking after the game, Young insisted that United were not guilty of underestimating the opposition on Tuesday night.
“When you don’t score goals, you don’t win the game,” he said.
“When you concede, it’s obviously hard to get yourselves back into the game. We obviously scored the goal to get us back into it, but there wasn’t enough time.
“It’s obviously disappointing, there’s a lot of disappointment in there, but you have got to dust yourselves down and take the disappointment into the weekend. We’ve got another cup competition we’ve got to go and play for and we want to get ourselves back to winning ways and into the next round in that competition.”
“Every team in this competition is dangerous. You wouldn’t be in this competition and this far into the competition if it wasn’t. We knew they had danger, but I felt when we started the game, we started off brightly and we had a few chances that just didn’t want to go in.
“On another day it would have gone in, but it wasn’t meant to be today and, like I say, we are disappointed.”
The 32-year-old is right, of course. United did not underestimate Sevilla. If anything, that was the main problem. Because for whatever reason, Mourinho treated the fifth placed La Liga side – who have a negative goal difference this season – like United were already a goal up and playing against Barcelona circa 2011.
Sevilla threw themselves forward at United in the first leg and, due to a mixture of poor finishing and David de Gea, couldn’t score; if Mourinho had summoned the cajones to do the same at Old Trafford, his team would have scored.
Too much respect; too much caution; too much thinking, perhaps. In the end, they got what their performance over the 180 minutes deserved.