Manchester United’s Champions League dreams are over after being rocked by Sevilla, with substitute Wissam Ben Yedder’s brace securing a famous win against Jose Mourinho’s lacklustre side.
Last month David De Gea saved the Red Devils’ blushes as they escaped Andalusia with a goalless draw, but Vincenzo Montella’s men did not allow another under-cooked display to go unpunished.
An abject United performance got the outcome it deserved as Sevilla kicked on after a solid first-half display, with Ben Yedder coming off the bench to secure a 2-1 win and render Romelu Lukaku’s late goal pointless as the Spaniards progressed from the last-16 at the fourth time of asking.
The former United and England winger was not impressed.
The introduction of the Frenchman changed the game as Sevilla finally turned a growing attacking threat into goals. Two smart finishes four minutes apart saw the Spanish side through to the last eight despite a Lukaku consolation late on.
Ben Yedder finally found a way through the United defence in the 74th minute. Even a last-ditch lunge from Eric Bailly – United’s saviour on at least two occasions – could not save them this time.
Manchester United: David De Gea 6 (out of 10), Antonio Valencia 6, Eric Bailly 7, Chris Smalling 6, Ashley Young 6, Nemanja Matic 6, Marouane Fellaini 6, Jesse Lingard 6, Alexis Sanchez 6, Marcus Rashford 6, Romelu Lukaku 7. Substitutes: Paul Pogba (for Fellaini 60) 6, Juan Mata (for Valencia 77) 6, Anthony Martial (for Lingard 77) 5.
Sevilla: Sergio Rico 6, Gabriel Mercado 6, Simon Kjaer 6, Clement Lenglet 6, Sergio Escudero 6, Steven N’Zonzi 6, Ever Banega 7, Pablo Sarabia 6, Franco Vasquez 7, Joaquim Correa 6, Luis Muriel 6. Substitutes: Wissam Ben Yedder (for Muriel 71) 9, Guido Pizarro (for Vazquez 87) 6, Johannes Geis (for Correa 89) 6.
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