Jose Mourinho‘s men are reeling from Tuesday’s shock Old Trafford exit to Sevilla in a last-16 tie few expected to go the Spaniards way.
However, United failed to heed the warning signs displayed in a goalless first leg and promising return display by the Andalusians in Manchester, where Wissam Ben Yedder’s brace inspired a famous 2-1 win.
It leaves the Red Devils’ season at a crossroads given the FA Cup remains their only realistic shot at silverware, with left-back Young well aware of the importance of winning Saturday evening’s quarter-final against Brighton.
“When you don’t score goals, you don’t win the game,” the England international said.
“When you concede, it’s obviously hard to get yourselves back into the game.
“We obviously scored the goal to get us back into it, but there wasn’t enough time.
“It’s obviously disappointing, there’s a lot of disappointment in there, but you have got to dust yourselves down and take the disappointment into the weekend.
“We’ve got another cup competition we’ve got to go and play for and we want to get ourselves back to winning ways and into the next round in that competition.”
Young, speaking to beIN SPORTS, understood the reaction to a loss in “a game of this magnitude”, but did not feel United took progress to the Champions League quarter-finals for granted.
“Every team in this competition is dangerous,” he added. “You wouldn’t be in this competition and this far into the competition if it wasn’t.
“We knew they had danger, but I felt when we started the game, we started off brightly and we had a few chances that just didn’t want to go in.
“On another day it would have gone in, but it wasn’t meant to be today and, like I say, we are disappointed.”
One of the looks the Belgian sported for the shoot recalled the iconic Disney character, with Fellaini’s trademark afro bunched into a Mickey Mouse-inspired hairdo.
On the pitch, of course, the 30-year-old has been hitting back at critics by becoming one of Jose Mourinho‘s trusted lieutenants in midfield.
“I’ve learnt a lot with him,” Fellaini said. “José is someone who wants to win every game: he pushes players to get the maximum from them.
“He has a very good understanding with his players. He’s a winner.”
Despite often being used for his physicality, Fellaini says there’s more to his game than aggression, adding that pundits have unfairly attached that label to him.
“It think it’s easy for them to portray me as an aggressive player but I’m not.
“I try to play my game, I try my best to recover the ball quickly: that’s my job. Try to be better all the time, to give my best for the team, for the club.
“I always want to improve.”
Marouane Fellaini's new haircut is...interesting 👀 pic.twitter.com/7PEF6HhRzB— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) March 13, 2018
The Belgian has talked up his country’s chances at this year’s World Cup in Russia, which comes after two successive tournaments in which the Red Devils have underachieved. They were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Argentina in the 2014 World Cup and Wales in Euro 2016, but are again being considered a dark-horse candidate for this summer’s showpiece.
“We hope to do better than at the last World Cup and Euros,” Fellaini said.
“We have a great squad and we’re four years more experienced. We’re ready and want to do something special for the Belgian fans.”
After less than nine months in charge, Premier League strugglers Southampton parted company with manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening.
Saints are one place and one point above the relegation zone following one league win in 17 matches and have now begun the search for the Argentinian’s replacement.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at potential candidates who could be tasked with keeping the club in the top flight.
An early favourite for the job, Silva made his mark in the Premier League when he arrived in January 2017 and earned plenty of plaudits for his ultimately fruitless attempts to keep Hull in the top flight. The Portuguese was snapped up by Watford last summer and he continued to enhance his reputation at Vicarage Road before having his head turned by Everton, who were looking for a replacement for Ronald Koeman. A poor run of results followed and Watford sacked Silva in January, blaming Everton’s approach as the “catalyst for the decision.” Could Silva be tempted by another rescue mission at St Mary’s?
Among the bookmakers’ favourites, Hughes has been out of work since his sacking at Stoke in January. He is a former Saints player, making 52 appearances and scoring two goals for the club between 1998 and 2000. The Welshman helped Stoke to three consecutive ninth-place Premier League finishes in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 before progress stalled. His time with the Potters ended following an FA Cup defeat to Sky Bet League Two Coventry and on the back of five defeats in seven Premier League matches – a record which could count against him given Southampton’s current predicament.
Southampton are not scared of making a left-field appointment, so Shakhtar Donetsk coach Fonseca cannot be ruled out. The 45-year-old has spoken of his admiration for the Premier League and is believed to have been interviewed by Everton before Sam Allardyce was appointed. Fonseca, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has a win percentage of just over 78% since taking charge of Shakhtar in 2016, leading the Ukrainian club to Premier League, Ukrainian Cup and Super Cup glory in that time. He is also a character, making good on a promise to dress as Zorro to a press conference if his side were to qualify from a Champions League group containing Manchester City and Napoli.
Highly-rated Potter was the last English manager standing in European club competition this season, with Swedish minnows Ostersund going out to Arsenal in the Europa League round of 32. However, a 3-0 home defeat was followed by a stunning 2-1 win at the Emirates, and the former York defender has worked wonders at the club. Potter would be a brave choice but the 42-year-old’s record in Sweden stands up against some of the very best in the business. Since taking charge in 2011, Potter has taken Ostersund from the fourth tier to the Swedish top flight.
The Croatian was sacked by West Ham in November 2017 following a poor run of results which culminated in a 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool. However, his first season with the Hammers brought a top-seven finish and with it Europa League qualification. Their European adventure did not last long, however, as they were knocked out by Romanian side FC Astra Giurgiu in the qualifying rounds. They finished mid-table the following season and were in trouble when he left the club. Is he somebody Southampton could take a gamble on?