Jose Mourinho appeared to protect his Manchester United players after he claimed that they tried to be “aggressive and intense” despite what seemed like a negative performance as they lost 2-1 to Sevilla.
Following a 0-0 scoreline from the first leg in Spain, the Red Devils failed to get going and went 2-0 down with 12 minutes to play before Romelu Lukaku claimed a consolation on 84 minutes.
And Mourinho thought the first goal of the game changed everything as United crashed out of Europe.
“I think the first goal was always going to be important, not just because of the first leg result but also the profile of the match,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“We tried to be aggressive and intense from the first minute. We didn’t score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball, and they controlled the game well.
“We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional. The second goal made it impossible.
“We had good periods, we didn’t have great control over the game, but I can’t say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play.
“That’s football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match.
“I’m pleased the players aren’t hiding their sadness, but we have no time for drama.”