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Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League

Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League

What may gall Mourinho the most will be that opposite number Vincenzo Montella's game plan is one the United manager has utilised to such good effect on so many occasions in the past.

Sir Alex Ferguson was sat in the stands on a disappointing night at Old Trafford on Tuesday as Manchester United exited the Champions League after a 2-1 loss to Sevilla. But I think in general the quality was lacking.

"I don't have a preferred opponent: they are all strong teams, but we will play to win against anyone. We tried, we lost and that's football".

The 36-year-old midfielder confirmed on Monday that he will bring the curtains down on his football career at the end of the season.

Sevilla did that and, once Ben Yedder scored the opener late in the second half, the folly of Mourinho's first-leg game plan was exposed.

Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front two minutes later when he blasted into the bottom corner before heading in a second shortly after.

"United were just too cautious".

Wissam Ben Yedder scored two goals in four minutes
Wissam Ben Yedder scored two goals in four minutes

"The second goal made it impossible". We were in control for the first 10 or 15 minutes, then after that Sevilla started to hide the ball.

The two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in a game which saw David De Gea make a string of great saves.

However, it was wayward finishing rather than the Spanish number one that prevented the visitors making the most of their ascendency for most of the match.

United continued to be sloppy on the ball, Pogba curling a 72nd-minute effort narrowly wide, but it was a Sevilla substitute who came up with the opener.

Minutes later it was Sevilla's turn to breathe a sigh of relief, as Lukaku turned provider for Lingard this time, but the outstretched hand of Sergi Rico tipped the Englishman's shot around the post for a corner that would ultimately come to nothing. He collected Pablo Sarabia's cross and cut past Marcus Rashford, only to be denied by a thumping Eric Bailly tackle.

However, even the Frenchman couldn't kickstart the hosts and they were eventually made to pay.

Paul Pogba is another who has missed a number of fixtures with a small problem and Mourinho has admitted he still remains a doubt for the Champions League tie.


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