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Eric Bailly begged Manchester United fans to forgive him after their Champions League exit

Eric Bailly begged Manchester United fans to forgive him after their Champions League exit

And Red Devils playmaker Mata has talked up the importance of not underestimating their Spanish opponents in the return leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday night at Old Trafford.

Mourinho's men have been written off at various points this campaign and major questions were asked and decisions queries ahead of each of their last three league games.

Paul Pogba is a doubt for for the tie after the 24-year-old missed Saturday's Premier League win against Liverpool through injury and manager Jose Mourinho is unsure whether the midfielder will be available on Tuesday. No bomb was located but the security check certainly put the Manchester United squad in a state of worry and shock.

In the first leg in Spain last month, United forged few opportunities until very late in the game and amassed all of one shot on target in the whole 90 minutes as they prioritised their quest for a clean sheet and came away with a 0-0 draw.

He added: "I don't think we are one of the best teams in the competition".

Yet they have been successful in the continent's second tier tournament, the Europa League, winning it five times in the last 12 seasons. I know that it is very hard to go through.

United lost 2-1 at Old Trafford against Sevilla on Tuesday night sending them out of Europe
United lost 2-1 at Old Trafford against Sevilla on Tuesday night sending them out of Europe

As a result, Mourinho believes success in the Champions League is now the priority.

"But tomorrow and Saturday against Brighton are the matches where, in the end, you go to the next draw or you don't go to the next draw".

On pundit duty during the Liverpool match, former Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer criticised Mourinho's handling of Rashford, something the United boss could not accept.

"He was saying that it's not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win".

"Before that they were scoring lots of goals".

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