Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Squad Happy with Manager's Tactics for Stalemate in Spain

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Squad Happy with Manager's Tactics for Stalemate in Spain

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UNITED players have no issue with Jose Mourinho's tactics in the Champions League draw at Sevilla.

United managed just six attempts at goal compared with Sevilla's 25 and only one of those was on target in a tie where they had 46 per cent of possession.

Mourinho's approach was widely criticised and United's stalemate was the only goalless draw out of the eight Champions League last 16 first legs. Twenty-seven goals were plundered in the seven other fixtures.

However, M.E.N. Sport understands United players are 'content' with the first-leg result and do not feel as though Sevilla troubled them as much as the statistics suggest.

The squad is also confident they will win the second leg against the sixth-placed La Liga side on March 13.

Mourinho bristled at suggestions he was 'relieved' with a goalless draw after the game and felt the match statistics were misleading.

"No, not relieved," he added. "I'm not relieved. I think we finish the game with more space than we had in the beginning, with more close to the possibility of scoring a goal. …

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