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Wednesday, March 14

SADNESS! Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes slam Mourinho and his Manchester Team of 'Strangers' (Video)

Manchester United greats rounded on Jose Mourinho after they were embarrassingly dumped out of the Champions League by unfancied Sevilla.

Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes slammed the manager and his players as a late Wissam Ben Yedder double sent Sevilla through on one of the worst nights in United's European history.

Ferdinand went as far as to say United's players looked like strangers, while Mourinho himself astonishingly proclaimed: 'That's football, it's not the end of the world.'

'Terrible,' Ferdinand fumed. 'They looked like a team thrown together full of strangers.'They went out there and played nervously and cautiously, you’ve got to take the game by the scruff of the neck. They gave nothing for the fans to cheer about. 'Top teams don’t pick and choose when they play. They are consistently good.'

United only registered four shots on target over the two legs, which Mourinho dismissed as 'just statistics'. But Scholes claimed the two performances were indicative of the Portuguese's reign.

'That's the way the manager likes to play, on the counter attack,' Scholes said. 'It was difficult watching that and the first game. There is no desire, no energy, no speed. It's unexplainable. Teams go and try. United didn't try and win the game away from home.

'Surely the manager must see Sanchez's not been good enough. He doesn't know his best front three. He needs to choose his best and leave Sanchez out.'

Ferdinand added: 'The attitude seemed off. Lethargic. The onus was on them to attack but they started conservatively. This team looked like a team who didn't have it in them to win it.'

Mourinho launched an impassioned defence of his management, claiming to have 'no regrets' and refused to overreact, despite Sevilla lying outside the top four in La Liga and United having been overwhelming favourites to reach the quarter-finals.

'I don't want to make a drama out of it,' Mourinho said. 'We have no time for that. We have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours. That's football, it's not the end of the world.'I've sat here twice, with Porto when United went out, with Real Madrid when United went out. It's not something new for the club. Being United manager and losing at home is not disappointing.'I don't think the performance was bad. The intention and the way we started was positive. Everything together needs to change here. Everybody spends money - it's not just us.'

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