- Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday
- Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder’s two second-half goals sealed victory for Sevilla
- Graeme Souness was critical of Jose Mourinho’s approach after full-time
Manchester United lacked imagination and failed to get out of second gear in their Champions League defeat by an ‘average’ Sevilla, according to Graeme Souness.
Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out at the last 16 stage after a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday night following a second-half brace from Wissam Ben Yedder.
Romelu Lukaku’s late consolation was not enough to inspire a late comeback as United were forced to exit the competition prematurely.
Graeme Souness slammed Manchester United’s display in defeat by Sevilla on Tuesday night
‘They never played at a tempo which was enough to cause this average Seville team a problem’, said Souness on Irish channel TV3.
‘They never did until Seville scored basically. They couldn’t get out of that second, third gear.
‘No imagination. (They) resorted to just lumping it to a big centre forward, looking for second bits off him.
‘Fellaini’s on the pitch – that tells you which way they want to go, thinking they’ll get something at a set-piece.
Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage
Souness accused Manchester United of ‘just lumping it to a big centre forward’ throughout
‘It’s Manchester United we’re talking about. It’s Manchester United – the biggest club in the world arguably – playing football like that.
‘It ain’t good enough.’
Souness’ words echoed a series of condemnations from former United players Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes on BT Sport.
Souness was also critical of Mourinho’s use of Marouane Fellaini from the start at Old Trafford