“There’s a lot of performances that are exactly the same but get swept under the carpet.”

Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night at Old Trafford in embarrassing fashion. Sevilla punished Jose Mourinho’s team for their ultra-cautious tactics with two goals from Wissam Ben Yedder. Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back, but it was too late. The Spanish side were through to the quarter-finals of the competition, and United supporters were left wondering how the team could only manage four shots on target across the two legs.

Following the game, the focus inevitably fell on Alexis Sanchez’s poor performance and the inability of the United players to beat such modest opponents. This was the main talking point on BT Sport. Host Gary Lineker tried his best to steer the conversation onto Jose Mourinho’s turgid, stifling tactics, which resulted in the United team playing within themselves, waiting for the opposition to make a mistake.

However, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand didn’t really have a bad word to say about Mourinho and turned the focus back to United’s underperforming players. Gerrard said none of Mourinho’s big players “turned up for him” – ignoring the fact it was his choice to start Marouane Fellaini ahead of Paul Pogba, and his choice to play like late 1980s Wimbledon. The…

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