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Satire: 5 reasons Manchester United can still win the UEFA Champions League this season

Shyam Kamal
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8.75K   //    14 Mar 2018, 13:39 IST

The loss in the RO16 is but a minor setback on the road to glory

If people think that a 1-2 loss to Sevilla at home will be enough to deter Manchester United, they just haven't watched enough football.

For years, Manchester United have built a reputation for being fighters, both on and off the pitch. "Fergie time", as it is popularly called, lies at the core of every Manchester United belief - it is not over even after it is over.

So what if they have lost to a side that sits fifth in La Liga and 11 points behind a Champions League qualification spot? Football isn't decided by a single game. Or goals. Or shots on target. It is much more than that.

#5 Jose Mourinho's tactics

The finest manager since Van Gaal to manage Manchester United

One would be hard pressed to find a better tactician in modern football than the wily Portuguese. This is the man who led Porto to the UEFA Champions League title in 2004! There is absolutely no way some of his magic might have gone missing in the 14 years since then.

Besides, Mourinho is the perfect manager for Manchester United. It is only right that a manager who specializes in playing defensive football be in charge of a team that has ridiculously high expectations and wants to play flashy, attractive football. As if someone like Klopp or Guardiola would fit their policy!

Mourinho's line-ups are also perfect at times. So far, he hasn't put a foot wrong at Manchester United - Mata is not a play-maker and it makes sense that he rots on the bench, Luke Shaw has been awful whenever he steps on to the field, playing Marouane Fellaini in a crucial tie to take the opposition by surprise is the best solution.

"Form is temporary; class is permanent" is a commonly used adage and Mourinho is the epitome of that statement.

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