By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Jose Mourinho has done something not even David Moyes or Louis van Gaal managed to do… lose a European home game as Manchester United manager.
In fact, Mourinho has become just the second coach after Sir Alex Ferguson to lose a European game at Old Trafford while in charge of the Red Devils.
Despite playing in European campaigns from the 1956/57 campaign, it was not until 1996/97 – an incredible 40 years later – that Manchester United suffered defeat at the Theatre of Dreams.
Those 40 years saw United play a continental campaign (European Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, Champions League) 19 times, and play 55 European home matches before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Fenerbahce in the 56th European match played at Old Trafford.
Ferguson went on to lose a further 11 home European matches before retiring in the summer of 2013.
His replacement, David Moyes, won four and drew one of his five European matches at Old Trafford, while his replacement, Louis van Gaal, also avoided defeat in his six European home matches – winning four and drawing two.
Last season, Mourinho won six of his seven home European matches as Man United went on to win the Europa League title, but on the club’s return to the Champions League, he only managed to avoid defeat in three out of four Old Trafford-hosted fixtures.
After winning all three group stage matches, Sevilla rocked up in Manchester and cut United apart time and time again. They were unlucky to only score twice against David de Gea, but that was enough for them to secure a 2-1 victory and deal an historic defeat to Mourinho.
Click the right arrow, above, to see all 13 European fixtures Manchester United have lost at Old Trafford…