14/03/2018 11:55, Report by Stuart Mathieson
Manchester United must not allow the huge disappointment of the UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla to fester.
Manager Jose Mourinho was right. There is no time to wallow in self-pity. The Reds and fans do not want to wake up next Sunday morning with another post mortem to contemplate and the season as good as over, if there is a hangover against Brighton in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday night.
Tuesday evening was a major shock considering how Liverpool had been destroyed just three days earlier. Nobody saw Sevilla’s 2-1 win coming. But it did and now the recovery period has to be swift.
United’s so-called ‘bouncebackability’ has been lauded in the past. That aptitude to be able to compartmentalise a setback within hours and move on to putting it right has served the Reds well down the years. But it hasn’t always been the case and there are warning signs in the history books.
The two European knockouts highlighted by Mourinho in his post-match press conference were cases in point. In 2004, he was the relatively unknown upstart who masterminded Sir Alex Ferguson’s side’s exit in the last 16 of the Champions League when he was at Porto. It was a stunner and the last-minute goal that condemned the Reds to defeat was tough to swallow.
Days later, shell-shocked, United were on the end of a heavy 4-1 beating in…