Jose Mourinho was savaged by the Spanish press – read their comments below!
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
It’s fair to say Jose Mourinho is not the most popular man in Spain.
The self-styled Special One had numerous run-ins with the media during his spell as boss of Real Madrid, with his antics and outbursts at the Bernabeu upsetting pundits and fans nationwide, as well as a number of his own players.
So, it is little surprise the Spanish press have taken such great delight in Manchester United’s defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.
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The LaLiga outfit were clear underdogs in the last-16 clash, and were even branded ‘a bottom-six Premier League side’ by an ex-Man United midfielder on talkSPORT.
Yet, it was Sevilla who progressed to the quarter-finals, and they booked their place in brilliant fashion too, with a deserved 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
The Spanish club outplayed the Red Devils over the two legs and the country’s leading newspapers have been brutal towards Mourinho and his United team in the aftermath.
Check out some of the ruthless reaction below…
Marca: ‘Mean-spirited and mediocre’
“The team managed by Mourinho shrunk in the fight, in the battle, in which Sevilla proved themselves superior.
“Mata, Lukaku, Fellaini… they seemed capable of eliminating Sevilla. What’s more, they were convinced they could do it. But the football and the mean-spirited approach of their coach have once more painted United as mediocre.
“This latest failure ensures that the club and its players reconsider the future.
“The club has made all the necessary money available to satisfy Mourinho, a sum which reaches €275million, including the signing of Sanchez who would have been a free transfer in June. It’s achieved nothing because they have fallen in the round of 16 against Sevilla.
“De Gea and company know first-hand that Manchester United are not what they were. The American owners now it too – they worry that from now on players will consider this before signing and the ones already at Old Trafford look for alternatives at the highest level.
“Ambitious players like De Gea, Rashford, Matic, Martial or Pogba could start to think of future without United rather than debacles like the one endured against Sevilla.”
AS: ‘An archaic troglodyte’
“The victory was achieved through pure football, defending a style of play and management against the extremely troglodyte approach of Moruinho, who was invested so much to play long balls from De Gea towards the unspeakable Fellaini and Lukaku. A victory for Sevilla was a victory for football.”
Sevilla knew how to play “when the archaic charges of Mourinho’s team arrived.”
Sevilla “have given a lesson in football in an old cathedral.”
AS: ‘The chequebook buys nothing’
“The chequebook doesn’t buy titles” – Pointing out that Mourinho has spent five times more than Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
AS: Man United are ‘bullying primitives’
Man United are “a primitive team” who only dominated at the start at Old Trafford “thanks to the bullying of Lukaku”.
Mundo Deportivo: ‘The fear gripped everyone
“The fear gripped everyone, but no-one more than Mourinho.”
“So great were his doubts that he didn’t even believe in Sevilla’s defeat to Valencia last weekend. Only that can explain how Fellaini found a space in the team, leaving United reliant on the height of the Belgian midfielder and the speed of Lingard and Rashford.”
Sport: Man United ‘the latest Mourinho failure’
“This is only the tip of the iceberg in a season to forget.
“United is just the latest in the failures accumulated by Mourinho since he was preclaimed Champion with Inter.
“The €176million invested during his three years at Real Madrid didn’t help him to break the hegemony of Barca.
“In his second spell at Chelsea he spent €311million only to end up being fired.”
Cadena Cope: ‘United are boring under Mourinho’
“The mean-spirited… have been eliminated. Long live Sevilla and good football.”
“United are one of the five giant clubs of the world and you can’t rely on this style of play. Maybe it brings you a bit of bread today… but over the long-term, from one Sunday to the next, your team is boring.
“It happened in Madrid and it’s happened in Manchester.”