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WHAT'S THE PLAN?

He’s not even parking the bus, so what the hell is Jose Mourinho actually doing?

Man United came away from Seville with a 0-0 draw but what did we witness, really?

It’s been a fair few hours now since the final whistle between Sevilla and Man United.

Plenty of time for us to digest, reflect, and analyse.

And what do we make of the game? We’re not really sure, to be honest.

What was that?

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What was that?

And evidently we’re not alone, it appears Jose Mourinho didn’t know how to approach the fixture either.

On a superficial level, a 0-0 draw away from home in the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 tie would be a decent result.

All United have to do is win at Old Trafford and they’re through to the quarter-finals.

While the result may be considered favourable, the performance would have concerned the majority of fans.

Clueless for much of the game

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Clueless for much of the game

This wasn’t a Mourinho bus-parking masterclass.

Sevilla let off 25 shots at goal — one every three and a half minutes.

Admittedly, only eight of those were on target, but Mourinho was once again reliant on the brilliance of David De Gea.

United didn’t so much soak up pressure as let it wash through them.

Were it not for the superhuman reflexes of a world-class goalkeeper, Sevilla would sipping their orange juice this morning while basking in the joy of a first-leg lead.

Expected goals suggests they should have won 2-0 and you’d have to say, the hosts would have been worthy of such a result.

Best in the world

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Best in the world

Had United emulated mid-noughties era Chelsea, or early 2010s Inter, and restricted their opponents to non-threatening, speculative efforts then perhaps we would be celebrating Mourinho’s tactical astuteness.

As it is, United looked directionless, as have too often this season.

Mourinho has never specialised in entertaining, free-flowing football, but at least his philosophy on effective organisation has always been clear.

Last night, the players looked like they were making it up as they went along.

Sevilla’s defence were uncomfortable under high balls aimed at Romelu Lukaku but that plan of attack inexplicably ran dry prematurely.

The Belgian target man proved his over-the-shoulder volley technique isn’t on par with Robin van Persie as he squandered the visitors’ only real chance.

Too often Mourinho lets his forwards get on with it when he should be instructing them

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Too often Mourinho lets his forwards get on with it when he should be instructing them

Alexis Sanchez was pocketed by Jesus Navas — unbelievable as that is as a concept.

And despite Mourinho’s persistence, Juan Mata simply isn’t as effective as a winger as he is at No10.

Imagine the Special One’s annoyance when, after 17 minutes, he was forced to bring on his best player and utilise him in his favoured position.

The Scott McTominay over Paul Pogba theme is one that has infuriated many United fans but it’s Mourinho’s lack of game plan that should be more of a concern.

With all respect to Sevilla, the round of 16 draw was kind to United.

Man City and Liverpool made light work of their respective first legs against non-elite opponents while United laboured, expending considerable more energy in the process.

Teacher’s pet

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Teacher’s pet

United are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals but if Mourinho doesn’t formulate a concrete strategy and relay that to the squad, one of Europe’s top dogs could embarrass them over two legs.

De Gea can save pretty much anything, but United’s whole season, Mourinho’s job?

That may be too much of an ask, even for him.


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