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Mourinho “happy” that players are sad

Manchester United v Sevilla FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
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After their shock elimination at the hands of Sevilla in the Champions League, Jose Mourinho was pleased to see his Manchester United squad “sad”

After goalless first leg against Sevilla, United were the expected favourites to progress from their Round of 16 tie at Old Trafford. Despite a promising opening five minutes, which had seen a Romelu Lukaku effort being blocked by the visitors, Jose Mourinho’s side were ultimately defeated by two goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder for the Spanish side.

Mourinho admitted that he was happy to see the disappointment of his players, but has urged his side to now turn their focus to Saturday’s match against Brighton in the FA Cup.

“Of course, everybody is sad and I told the players in the dressing room I’m happy with this sadness. Really happy with that. There is not time to be sad for a long time, though. We have a match on Saturday and hopefully the players will be back on the training ground and focused on that important game. I said for the two matches against Sevilla and Brighton, if you win you are in and, if you lose, you are out.” said Mourinho, according to the club website.

The United manager believes that finishing in the top four of the Premier League and winning the FA Cup are United’s objectives for the remainder of this season.

“Yes [we have to look at winning the FA Cup and finishing in the top four]. But a fantastic team like Tottenham has exactly the same target as us to do that. Liverpool have the Champions League but don’t have the FA Cup and that’s football and that’s life. We lost and tomorrow is another day. We have no time for dramas. We have to work because on Saturday we have another important match.” said the Portuguese.