Man Utd player ratings: De Gea, Valencia and Sanchez woeful against Sevilla

Hope Soto
March 14, 2018

Jose Mourinho had already played his trump card, bringing on Paul Pogba, who was only fit enough for the bench, and United stumbled to a shock home defeat despite Romelu Lukaku sparking a grandstand finish.

His negative tactics were ultimately undone by Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella, whose second-half tactical switch, introducing substitute Ben Yedder for Luis Muriel, prove the decisive moment in the game.

Jose Mourinho attempted to play down the significance of Manchester United's exit from the Champions League as former players turned television pundits savaged his side's limp display against Sevilla.

"I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and knocked United out of the Champions League, with Real or Porto, so I don't think it is something new for the club. This is football and we have to accept that". "We tried, we lost and that's football", the Portuguese manager said after the loss.

Was he happy that United managed just four shots on target over the two legs.

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"In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today".

"We know we've got to score first and foremost to get through, but we have a lot of confidence in our ability".

Mourinho sprang a surprise before kick-off by recalling Marouane Fellaini at the expense of Pogba, who had also been dropped for the first game. The Belgian flashed the first over from 20 yards after a good one-two with the winger, before Sevilla defender Langlet did well to block his second attempt on the edge of the six yard box following a unsafe ball in from Lingard.

Bailly's superbly-timed challenge denied Correa in the box, then Rico had to make a smart save down to his right to turn a snapshot from Jesse Lingard around the post. Manchester United on the other hand could be licking their lips at this draw, and having gone to top notch form at Old Trafford, it could be as clear as day that Mourinho will win the tie. "We are not the only team that invests money in players".

Ever Banega's corner was flicked on for Ben Yedder to get away a header that De Gea tipped on to the bar, only for it to agonisingly curl over the line.

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