Twitter roasts Manchester United, hails De Gea after Champions League draw against Sevilla
A few hours before the game, news began to spread of the likelihood of Paul Pogba being left out of the starting 11, amid growing concerns surrounding his allegedly eroding relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
Eventually, it was confirmed that the flamboyant Frenchman would indeed start the game from the bench, with Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic being bestowed with the three midfield slots.
Pogba wasn't destined to be kept out of this match though, as Herrera's injury in the first half saw him come on much earlier than anticipated - Not like he did much about it, though.
At the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, in a testing first leg tie of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, the Red Devils were truly put through a litmus test by an impressive Sevilla side that refused to be dominated.
In fact, on the contrary, Jose Mourinho's side will consider themselves lucky for escaping the encounter unscathed, although that was predominantly due to the heroics of their resident superhero - David De Gea who made an astonishing total of 8 saves. Is it really astonishing anymore?
With 25 shots, 56.7% possession of the ball, and far more fluent play, the La Liga side will certainly feel hard-done by the Spanish shot-stopper, and will lament the fact that they will be taking no advantage whatsoever to Old Trafford next month for the second leg of the tie.
All-in-all, the goalless event wasn't Manchester United's best performance, and Twitter expectedly boiled over. Here's a look at some of the best tweets we found:
David De Gea was quite clearly the man of the match, and was appropriately hailed on the social media platform. Missed the game? Wonder what the hype is about? Here's a couple of angles on a jaw-dropping save he made from a point-blank distance:
Notably, praise for De Gea ended where outrage towards the rest of the team began. The Twitterati were clearly in an unforgiving mood, as the team and their performance was cruelly ripped apart by trolls and critics alike.
Even club heartthrob Paul Pogba wasn't spared.
The second leg is scheduled to be played at Old Trafford on the 13th of March, and promises to be a thrilling affair as both sides will look to qualify for the quarter-finals of Europe's biggest club competition.