Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho went from hero to villain in just over 72 hours following the Red Devils’ European exit at the hands of Sevilla on Tuesday night.
Just three days after masterminding a 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool, United crashed out of the Champions League after losing 2-1 at Old Trafford, substitute Wissam Ben Yedder’s late brace handing Sevilla a first ever CL win on British soil.
Romelu Lukaku replied for United, but it was too little too late as United failed to make the last eight.
If the result was bad enough, it was the manner of the defeat that upset fans the most, with United supporters criticising the perceived negative tactics deployed by Mourinho.
Shots on target in two games against Sevilla this season:
Manchester United – 4
Maribor – 3
Gini Wijnaldum – 2
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) March 13, 2018
The worst result of Mourinho's time at United. By a distance. Deserved but completely avoidable because Sevilla aren't that good. A stone cold shambles.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) March 13, 2018
Honestly extremely disappointed, came to terms that City are the better team currently which deserve to win the league.
BUT this Sevilla team is average, we should have qualified easily. #mufc
— United Report (@ManUtdReport_) March 13, 2018
Why have we started attacking with 10 minuets to go?! Why not play like this from the start?! We are so much better than Sevilla. Look at the attacking talent on the pitch. FFS. So frustrated. #mufc
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) March 13, 2018
If someone criticizes Mourrinho now, you'll hear "you're not a true United fan."
Spend over £300m and the default tactic at home against Sevilla in a must-win game was to play long to Fellaini.
— Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) March 13, 2018
You can’t say Sevilla don’t deserve their victory. They’ve won tactically and been better all over. United’s game-plan was baffling: deep lying, ponderous and negative.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 13, 2018
United every bit as bad tonight as Moyes’ final game against Everton.
Serious questions about Mourinho’s vision
— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) March 13, 2018
While others chose to compare his record to one of his predecessors.
The last Man Utd manager to take them to the last 8 of the Champions League is….
Jose Mourinho ❌
Louis Van Gaal ❌
David Moyes ✅
— Electronic Tims (@ETimsNet) March 13, 2018
Thank You Mourinho. Even Moyes made the quarter finals after losing the first leg 2-0. And oh, he wasn’t given over £300m to spend
— Dani Koranteng (@Dani77k) March 13, 2018
David Moyes took United to Quarter Finals with Tom Cleverley in midfield. Jose Mourinho knocked out United in Round of 16 with £115m Pogba, £100m Lukaku, £56 Martial and £600k per week Sanchez.
Moyes > Mourinho pic.twitter.com/w5E5Z43sar
— Guardiolista (@MCFC_HQ1) March 13, 2018
Are United fans right to be angry?