In its most basic sense, it boils down to a club changing either the manager or the players, and it is the usually the manager because of the cost and upheaval involved of ditching half an unwanted squad. In essence, it was the same plan his players had failed to execute against City. "They have to be strong enough to deal with that, but I find it hard to believe how that can have a positive impact on those players". "In modern day football you've got to play in different positions".
"It was hard for us after the defeat against Sevilla, of course we were very sad after the game".
"Maybe we fell asleep for their two goals, but other than that I thought we looked solid so we're disappointed".
It is not the dressing room of four or five years ago, when there were players like Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand who would go to Sir Alex Ferguson and say there was an issue. The build-up passes from United defenders were generally directed down the flanks towards Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford or Alexis Sanchez.
Romelu Lukaku guides his header home.
On paper, he's a decent player; he has the size, speed and strength to bully most centre-forwards.
When the opponents know that you don't pass the ball into the centre, it's easy for them to anticipate the pass up the line, and by the time the ball reached Sanchez he was already being tackled. "Marcos has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons", said Mourinho.
Is Alexis Sanchez another Angel di Maria?
It seems the youngster will not have a shortage of options if he leaves Manchester United this summer.
United's 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday kept alive their only realistic chance of winning a trophy this season after their exit from the Champions League last week. He claimed Sevilla had several players who would walk straight into United's first XI.
And Le Tissier, who remains an iconic figure at Shaw's former club Southampton, is perplexed at Mourinho's handling of the England defender, and is expecting the player to depart the club in the summer.
Brighton, in contrast, grew more confident as the game went on and dominated possession in the second half to keep United goalkeeper Sergio Romero busy.
"I wanted more personality in the team because many, many times I felt that Matic was an island of personality, desire and control surrounded by lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire".
But for all of that, and notwithstanding the dour football produced by his team this season, Woodward & Co. believe that Mourinho has, and is, making United stronger.