Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Champions League: Sevilla knock out Manchester United

Champions League: Sevilla knock out Manchester United

Apart from a raucous corner behind David de Gea's goal where the Sevilla supporters were housed, the famous stadium was suddenly bereft of belief, the tension that had preceded Ben Yedder's introduction replaced by despair.

The first leg in Seville ended in a 0-0 draw, with the Spanish side dominating but unable to make the most of the chances that fell their way and United are favourites to make the quarters in front of their own fans.

United boss Jose Mourinho has kept Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba on the bench, but has recalled Marouane Fellaini into the starting XI as the hosts trot out in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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.

While this United side may not have accrued the Champions League nous of the Sir Alex Ferguson sides, they still have players such as Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia, who have played in the competition's finals. I sit in the chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. We have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours, that's football.

"The second goal made it impossible". "We had a big game. against Liverpool and we came with high confidence to play this game, but Sevilla were better than us, so they deserved it". We had unsafe situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score.

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

"Manchester United have experience in the Champions League, it was a special game for us", said Ben Yedder.

Yet, the Belgian almost made the breakthrough with United's best move of the opening period when he latched onto Alexis Sanchez's layoff and his powerful effort was turned behind by Sergio Rico.

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. He collected Pablo Sarabia's cross and cut past Marcus Rashford, only to be denied by a thumping Eric Bailly tackle.

"And we're not the only team that invests money".

But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years.

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