Manchester United managed to get a goalless draw out of their trip to Sevilla in what wasn’t the most exciting match.
The Spanish club don’t have one of their better teams of recent years and Jose Mourinho will be confident he can get the result required at Old Trafford, but the scoreline means the match is a long way from being over.
Choosing not to start Paul Pogba, and therefore giving some weight to claims of an issue with the player, Mourinho had to bring the Frenchman on early anyway as Ander Herrera went down injured.
The star of the show for Manchester United was David de Gea, which doesn’t say a great deal for the rest of the team and their general performance.
Spanish newspaper Marca were clearly impressed with the home team more than Mourinho’s men, and they gave three Sevilla players 3 stars, with just De Gea getting such a mark for the travellers.
Interestingly, Marca also rated the managers, with Vincenzo Montella getting 2 stars, and Mourinho just the one.
AS clearly feel the Sevilla team were better than Manchester United, which shows in their marks. Again, De Gea was picked out for individual praise, with AS naming him ‘El Crack’ of the match.
Romelu Lukaku got the ‘Vaya dia!’ award, which means ‘What a day!’… not in a good way.
Sport newspaper thought the performances were much of a muchness, only singling out Joaquin Correa for an 8/10.
They did, however, only feel Paul Pogba was worth 4/10 despite how early he came on.
Mundo Deportivo judged out of five stars, with De Gea, Ever Banega and Franco Vázquez getting four.
The Catalan newspaper judged the managers as well, giving both Mourinho and Montella three stars.
Then for the ‘The Worst’ aspect of the match, Mundo Deportivo stated: ‘Mourinho and his approach, which should change if he wants to win something in Europe.’
Over in France, L’Equipe believe the teams were well matched.
What is interesting is the newspaper (off picture) gave Paul Pogba 7/10, which is higher than any of his teammates apart from De Gea.
Gazzetta dello Sport say ‘Sevilla crashed against the wall of Mou’, they praise Scott McTominay ‘the boy was one of the best’.
The Italian newspaper rated De Gea as 7.5/10, a high rating for Gazzetta and gave Mourinho 5.5.