Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

United's derby high short-lived as Sevilla end their Champions dream

United's derby high short-lived as Sevilla end their Champions dream

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has named a strong team as his side host Spanish heavyweights Sevilla in the Round of 16 2nd leg encounter of the Champions League at Old Trafford tonight.

"The second goal made it impossible. We tried, we lost and that's football", the Portuguese manager said after the loss.

Mourinho, who keeps reminding us that he has won the competition twice before - but not since 2010 - instead reacts as though he is brushing a stain off his jacket before moving on to something else.

A 0-0 draw was a solid if uninspiring result and seemed to be a good platform for a win at home in the second leg against a Sevilla side that are significantly less potent away from their Sanchez Pizjuan home.

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

Mourinho's gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla's ball players in midfield.

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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.

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

Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million (RM484.3 million) in 2016, was eventually introduced just after the hour mark with Fellaini sacrificed. Had David Moyes uttered such comments during his brief reign as United manager, he would have been lambasted, but even Moyes was able to take United into the Champions League quarterfinals.

Ben Yedder had only been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Muriel when he finally broke the deadlock in the tie with a brilliant finish low into De Gea's bottom left-hand corner.

"But I believed in myself, believed in the team and we showed we are a great team". Fellaini comes in because he brings physicality and you want to be putting balls into the penalty area and he did have a little bit of licence throughout the first half to get beyond Matic.

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