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Home Sport Football European

We were good value for draw, insists Jose

 

By Simon Peach

David de Gea admitted his stunning save from Luis Muriel's header was a key moment in last night's scoreless draw at Sevilla while Jose Mourinho maintained a stalemate was a fair result.

United struggled to contain Vincenzo Montella's side throughout a one-sided contest, with De Gea required to produce a string of saves - including an incredible first-half stop to deny Muriel - as proceedings somehow ended 0-0.

"They had the best chances of the game and played really well, but the result is open and we go to play the second leg at Old Trafford," the Spanish goalkeeper said.

"It was the last minute of the first half so my save was at an important moment of the game. I'm happy for that."

De Gea made eight saves, the most for a United keeper in a Champions League game since Edwin van der Sar against Barcelona in May 2011 - also eight.

Manager Mourinho says Ander Herrera was not fully fit despite the medical department telling him he was 100% ready.

On the player's early withdrawal, he said: "I think it is a bad injury. He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. It didn't look like he was fully fit."

Asked if he was relieved with the result, Mourinho replied: "No, not relieved. The game was even.

"The result reflects what the game was," added Mourinho.

Defender Chris Smalling said: "It opened up in the second half. Bar the five minutes at the end of the first half, they didn't have clear-cut chances.

"It's in our hands at home. We have to win to go through. The atmosphere was very loud and emotional here and we had to dig in.

"They tired in the last 20 minutes. It was open in the second half."

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