Champions League: Sevilla knock out Manchester United

Perspective Jose Mourinho downplayed United’s defeat

Marouane Fellaini has silenced his critics during his five years at Manchester United, but when handed his first start since November for a crucial Champions League second-leg tie, it sums up precisely where the team is right now under Mourinho.

Questions will be asked as to why Mourinho switched around the team and formation from that game.

In the 74th minute, Ben Yedder broke the deadlock just two minutes after coming off the bench. Mourinho's decision to start the Belgium midfielder was perhaps understandable on the basis that the United manager needed somebody to nullify the threat of Sevilla's own towering midfielder, Steven N'Zonzi.

"I told you yesterday that it would be disappointment if we would lose the match", the United boss said.

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Sevilla dominated the vast majority of the first leg only to be denied by some stunning saves from David de Gea. The United manager attempted to retrieve the situation by throwing on Anthony Martial and Mata, but it was too little, too late.

Ivan Ordets was sent off with 10 minutes to go for Shakhtar for a foul on Dzeko who was running through, making his team's bid for a goal to send them through harder.

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

The visitors were denied a goal within three minutes of the half-time break by a last-ditch Eric Bailly challenge.

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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.

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

Before United could respond it was 2-0 and game over, chaotic defending allowing Ben Yedder to divert a goalbound header that a desperate De Gea was unable to stop crossing the line.

A boring first half saw few opportunities at either end. It is, however the end of the Champions League road for Manchester United.

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With the victory, the Spanish side have reached only their second ever European Cup quarter-final.

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