Jose Mourinho has largely been criticized for his team’s uninspiring display against Sevilla in a game which ended in a goalless draw on Wednesday.
Mourinho’s men totally outplayed by the La Liga side and had David de Gea to thank making numerous point-blank saves to prevent the host from finding the back of the net throughout the game.
Mourinho’s decision to start the club record-signing Paul Pogba from the bench was largely met with displeasure from fans and pundits, though the manager was justified at the end as Scott Mctominay who replaced the Frenchman in the starting lineup was one of United’s best performers in the encounter.
Having criticized Mourinho’s tactics and approach to the match, United’s faithfuls are worried because playing a goalless draw mostly turn out to be the end of Mourinho’s run in any European competition as his team always lost to opponents in the reverse fixture.
In 2014, while at Chelsea, Mourinho played a goalless draw against Atletico Madrid but the Blues were thrashed 1-3 in the return leg despite playing in the presence of their fans.
Also in 2009, as Inter Milan manager, the Portuguese played 0-0 at the San Siro stadium against Manchester United but he crashed out of the competition after losing 2-0 to Fergie’s men at Old Trafford.
If history should repeat itself in the reverse feature against Sevilla next month, then United fans should be thinking of next season’s Champions League competition.