Lukaku clarifies 'hiding' teammates comment following Champions League exit

Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez were knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla. More

Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez were knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla. More

"Of course, being Manchester United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a delusion obviously".

Sevilla are through to the Champions League quarterfinals after beating Manchester United 2-1 in their second leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho makes a freakish comment about Liverpool during his post-match interview following his side's Champions League exit.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for United in the 84th minute but his goal came too late to inspire United for a comeback hence kicked out of the competition with a 2-1 defeat on aggregate.

"In this chair with Porto and Real Madrid, they are out both times. It is not something new for the club".

Matic, who started in midfield alongside Marouane Fellaini with Paul Pogba on the bench, said United could have few complaints about their exit and implored his team-mates to quickly re-focus ahead of an FA Cup quarter-final at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.

I would like to make it succinctly clear that this defeat doesn't mean the end of the world for us.


When Mourinho selects Fellaini ahead of the likes of Pogba or Mata, it says everything about the manager's approach and his reluctance to trust his flair players in a finely-balanced European fixture. "I did my best, the players did their best, we tried, we lost, and that's football". They let the game go until a very unsafe period for us, which they did, and they scored a goal.

A scoreless first leg against United at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan was followed up by a goalless first half in Manchester and the game looked destined for extra time before Montella threw on French striker Wissam Ben Yedder in the 72nd minute.

"I have some very happy players who have got Sevilla in their soul and in their heart".

However, speaking in the aftermath of the loss on BT Sport, Scholes stuck the boot into Mourinho over his exhausted lamentation and explained why United should be giving teams like Sevilla a much harder time.

Asked if he regretted his team selection and strategy, Mourinho said: "I don't have regrets. The last pass today was not good enough - we always get in the right position but the last pass to each other was not good enough and I think that's what killed us today". Joaquin Correa produced a superb far post cross to Ben Yedder, whose header on goal De Gea flapped at before the ball went over the line despite the Spaniard's best efforts.

Mourinho said: "We had good periods". It's a natural process.

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