José Mourinho plays down Manchester United’s Champions League exit

• Mourinho: ‘I know this has happened at United before’
• Manager says team must focus on FA Cup quarter-final

José Mourinho attempted to play down the significance of Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League as former players turned television pundits savaged his side’s limp display against Sevilla. Rio Ferdinand described the performance as lethargic, and added that Alexis Sánchez looked a shadow of his former self, while Paul Scholes called for the Chilean to be dropped. Clutching desperately at the thinnest of straws, Mourinho suggested United had no time for self-recrimination because they had an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Brighton coming up at the weekend. “I don’t want to make a drama out of this defeat. It’s not the end of the world, it’s football, and we have another match on Saturday,” the United manager said.

“I know this has happened at Manchester United before, because I have sat in this chair as manager of Porto and of Real Madrid. I don’t think it is something new for this club.”

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