March 17, 2018

Sevilla: Mourinho's men sunk by substitute's double

14 March 2018, 05:46 | Ken Black

Lloris Karius was disappointed with Liverpool's first half performance after they went 2-0 down

Lloris Karius was disappointed with Liverpool's first half performance after they went 2-0 down

Last month David De Gea saved United's blushes as they escaped Andalusia with a goalless draw, but Vincenzo Montella's men did not allow another undercooked display to go unpunished last night.

A stronger United team, or bolder manager, would pick Pogba or Mata and take the game to Sevilla, attempting to cut N'Zonzi out by keeping the ball on the pitch and playing around him.

In a game that was fraught with missed chances, a second-half brace by substitute Wissam Ben Yedder was enough to send the Spanish side into the last eight of the competition.

Jose Mourinho had no regrets after Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League, saying the shock defeat to Sevilla was "not the end of the world". "This is football and we have to accept that".

Romelu Lukaku reduced United's arrears, but it was too little, too late with Mourinho's decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.

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

"I told you yesterday that it would be disappointment if we would lose the match", the United boss said. And after replacing the ineffective Muriel, he scored two goals with his first two touches at Old Trafford.

"It's a big comp, it would be the first time in 60 years for us to get through to this stage".

"After 10 to 15 minutes, Sevilla has a good team and can hide the ball in midfield".

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.

The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal.

"But I believed in myself, believed in the team and we showed we are a great team".

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.

"We deserved this. We were patient, we knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals".

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