Man United boss Mourinho hails McTominay but questions club medics

Man United boss Mourinho hails McTominay but questions club medics

Manchester United came away from the first leg of their last-16 tie with a goalless draw thanks in large to the heroics of goalkeeper David de Gea.

Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba was left open to more scrutiny when the Portuguese left his record signing out of the starting line-up, although he threw on the Frenchman when Ander Herrera pulled up injured early in the game.

'Paul is now focused on his football more than anything else. They won a couple of trophies a year ago. "I think he was brilliant". "And for Guardiola and all those who have won trophies".

Mourinho also responded to questioning of a free role for Alexis Sanchez and whether he is disciplined enough to contribute to the collective cause by saying: "I think you are all, or many of you, are in a new sport!"

On several occasions that was obvious in the Premier League and now against Sevilla it was clear right from the start.

"In my pre-match interview, in four questions I had three about Paul, and Paul was not even playing", the United manager grumbled. When the team does not have the ball, you defend.

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"For me, for large period tonight, Sevilla dominated them". It finishes 0-0 and Mourinho reckons it's a good result?

But without the team we would not be what we are.

"Then against Manchester City [on March 4], it will be like the game against Barcelona - they like to have the ball".

Keane still made no bones about the fact it wasn't a great performance but he certainly was not almost as harsh as Didier Hamann, who described United's play as "anti-football".

Spotlighting the frequent change of managers as one of the biggest challenges for Smalling, Vidic added: "But I think he is doing well now, he has improved. They're still rebuilding and are two or three players short". "They all have different style of football so he has to adapt to their expectations".

RTÉ aired the game live, and the panel of Did Hamann, Damien Duff and Liam Brady was scathing of the away team's display, given their wealth of resources. "He has an unbelievably talented player that he has to manage better than he is at the minute", Wright told Sky Sports.

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