Man Utd’s knockout defeat at the hands of Sevilla managed to shock one and all, but it wasn’t the defeat that infuriated the club’s supporters as much as the manner in which they lost the tie over the course of the two legs.
The starting lineup as well as the tactics used by Jose Mourinho in the second leg encounter at Old Trafford were negative, to say the least.
Moreover, the comments that the Special One made after the game made things even worse as far as the fanbase was concerned.
“It’s not the end of the world. I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knock out Man Utd at home,” Mourinho stated in his post-match press conference.
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“I sit in this chair with Porto – Man Utd out – I sit in this chair with Real Madrid – Man Utd out… So I don’t think it’s something new for the club.”
These comments are definitely baffling and out of order, but considering what Mourinho said when he “sat in the chair with Porto” after knocking Sir Alex Ferguson’s men out of the UCL in 2004, they also appear to be slightly hypocritical.
About 14 years ago, Mourinho went on to win his first ever Champions League title with a talented FC Porto side, and on his journey to the continental trophy, his side beat Man Utd 3-2 on aggregate to seal a spot in the quarter-finals.
The final moments of this game at Old Trafford also involved the Portuguese tactician sprinting down the touchline with joy, due to which Sir Alex Ferguson refused to shake his hand after the full-time whistle.
After the game, Jose dropped a controversial post-match interview, similar to the one he did on Tuesday, as he was quoted as saying: “I understand why Ferguson is a bit emotional. He has some top players in the world and they should be doing a lot better than that.
“You would be really sad if your team gets as clearly dominated as that by an opponent who has been built on maybe ten per cent of the budget.”
However, little did the mastermind know that these same words would eerily come back to haunt him in a bizarre fashion, just a little more than a decade later. Funny how things work…