FA CUP: MAN U EDGE BRIGHTON 2-0 AFTER BAD WEEK IN UCL
After all the talk talk talk ..that seems to come out from Manchester United nowadays more than results it was nice to see the boys get back to winning ways in the FA Cup, that seems the only realistic avenue for Silverware this season. 2-0 was the final score in a game that really wasn’t very much fun to watch. That can be excused from the horrible week we had with elimination from the Champions League to a Sevilla team that we really had no business beating us. To Our Manager deciding it was wise to go on a pointless rant about Heritage and History and what not. Makes you wonder If this is the same Mourinho that has coached in Countries like Italy and Spain where pressure remains an everyday part of life. He deemed it fit to go into that press conference talk because he was feeling the heat from Fans and the press following that now infamous loss in the 2nd round of UCL.
But that said it was time to get back to the business of football and there was a quarter final FA cup tie to negotiate vs Brighton. JOSE MOURINHO can have no complaints about Manchester United’s “football heritage” in the FA Cup. They are the 2nd most sucessful team in this Cup after Arsenal.
But Romelu Lukaku’s headed opener and Nemanja Matic’s 83rd-minute clincher made sure they bounced back from the midweek defeat by Sevilla and booked a place at Wembley for a Cup semi-final.
Mourinho’s now infamous 12-minute rant ahead of this tie moaned about a lack of “football heritage” when it came to United in Europe.
Luke shaw didn’t last the entire duration and was subbed off
Perhaps he is right and United’s level at the moment is scrapping for domestic trophies instead of fighting for the Champions League. But coming from him openly like that felt like a kick in the teeth from your own corner.
Even in this game, Brighton gave them massive scares and threatened to take the game into extra-time.
But this victory will be a massive wake-up call in terms of Mourinho’s tirade and also his team selection.
Two of his big signings were dumped on the bench for a game they needed to win to save their season.
Alexis Sanchez was finally axed for the first time since arriving in January. The Chilean forward has been a flop since arriving on £505,000-a-week wages yet this was the first time he was among the subs.
And Paul Pogba joined him for the third match in a row as a replacement, the Premier League’s most expensive player at £89million left wrapped up in blankets and gloves on the bench.
Fixture congestion is hardly an issue now United have been dumped out of Europe and the title race.
So seeing two of United’s biggest names was a clear message from Mourinho.
Goalscorers Matic and Lukaku were the only outfield players who emerged unscathed from Mourinho’s rant.
The rest were told to “grow up” and deal with expectation of being a United player, with Sanchez and Pogba the ones in the firing line.
I personally want to see the Ruthless Mourinho more not the talking one. I totally agree Sanchez should be benched. If he is with us he needs to know that no one will pandy to him like he was at Arsenal. You must deliver this is Manchester United.