‘Manchester United may well get through to the Champions League Quarter Finals, but they feel like a team going backwards rather than forwards at the moment. There’s just not a great deal to like. It’s joyless football. It’s not ultra defensive, it’s just a strange sort of inertia, a nothingness. Just all very underwhelming…’
On Wednesday evening, Manchester United strutted onto the pitch for the first leg of their Champions League tie vs Sevilla. Jose Mourinho’s side headed into the clash as firm favourites given the strength of their squad, however, there were many pundits who believed that the ‘Special One’s’ inhibitions would hold his side back and restrict them from taking advantage in Spain.
As it happened, that turned out to be exactly the case as a dull and drab Manchester United performance bored the countless neutrals who bothered to tune in for the fixture.
Ahead of the game, RTE’s Liam Brady described Mourinho’s outfit as ‘a team that are going nowhere’ and after the final whistle, it didn’t get any better for the Manchester United coach.
Taking to Twitter, James Ducker of The Telegraph described United’s football as joyless while, speaking on RTE, Didi Hamann also slated the Portuguese coach calling the Red Devils’ display ’embarrassing’.
United may well get through to CL QF but they feel like a team going backwards not forwards at the moment. There’s just not a great deal to like. It’s joyless football. It’s not ultra defensive, it’s just a strange sort of inertia, a nothingness. Just all very underwhelming #mufc
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) February 21, 2018
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) February 21, 2018
Manchester United will face Chelsea this weekend in the Premier League with the return leg vs Sevilla taking place on the 13th of March in Old Trafford.