Manchester United endured one of the worst European nights when they were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla in midweek. United looked like overwhelming favourites to go through after the 0-0 draw in Spain but they were casual and lacked intensity which saw Sevilla rightfully eliminate the English giants.
However, Jose Mourinho, who received a lot of stick from our fans as well as the pundits, will not have more time to mourn as he will have the task to regroup his boys for Saturday’s FA Cup quarterfinal encounter with Brighton.
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“No, not yet. [The squad is] exactly the same [as Sevilla].”
This certainly means Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain out.
Mourinho was asked about the Sevilla defeat, to which he said:
“I’m happy with what I saw in my players after the match. I’m happy that people were sad and frustrated. I’m happy we were exactly on the same page and I’m happy to see the boys coming back again on my page.”
United have no time to think about the Champions League exit and should quickly turn their attention to tomorrow’s big game at Old Trafford as the FA Cup offers us the last chance to win any silverware this season.
Asked about Brighton, the gaffer explained:
“Every match is important, I didn’t know, I was not very objective when I told Sevilla is more important than Liverpool, for some fans the Liverpool game, doesn’t matter which competition is, can be more important than any other match.”
“I’m pretty sure some of the Manchester United supporters would not change a victory against Liverpool for one vs Sevilla even if the defeat to Sevilla means we end the competition.
“Every match is different and important.”
Meanwhile, United confirmed on their official website that defender Marcos Rojo has signed a new deal until 2021, with the option to extend by a further year.
On the Argentine extending his contract with the club, Mourinho told the club’s official website:
“Marcos has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons, and has always shown great professionalism. Although his injury has kept him sidelined over these past few weeks, Marcos is working hard to return to full fitness. He is always ready to put his body on the line for this club and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”
Brighton will pose a different challenge on Saturday and Mourinho’s men surely have to be ready for everything. They just cannot afford to let the FA Cup slip out of the hands.