Mourinho defends Manchester United players following Champions League Knockout

The Red Devils put in a not too good performance as Sevilla ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford last night where Wissam Ben Yedder's scored a second-half brace.

Although Romelu Lukaku scored with just 6 minutes to stoppage time, United would have needed at least 2 more goals to offset Sevilla's away strikes.

Here’s what Mourinho  had to say: “I think the first goal was always going to be important, not just because of the first-leg result but also the profile of the match,” Mourinho told BT Sport after the game.

“We tried to be aggressive and intense from the first minute. We didn't score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball, and they controlled the game well.

“We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional. The second goal made it impossible.

“We had good periods, we didn't have great control over the game, but I can't say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play.

“That's football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match. I'm pleased the players aren't hiding their sadness, but we have no time for drama.”

United will be back to action at the weekend with an FA Cup 6th-round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford.

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