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De Gea hands Mourinho a Euro lifeline

By Carl Markham

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was relieved to witness another David de Gea masterclass last night after the goalkeeper produced a stunning first-half save to help his side claim a creditable 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Spain keeper had kept out efforts from Joaquin Correa and Steven N'Zonzi before showing quick reflexes to produce a one-handed save on the stroke of half-time and deny Luis Muriel's header.

"If we draw with goals in the second leg, we are out. If we win, we are through," said Mourinho.

"It's difficult. I believe that Old Trafford misses a big European night. We had the quarter-finals and semi-finals last year but the Europa League has a different meaning."

Mourinho hailed the performance of Scott McTominay, saying: "He was fantastic. He did everything well. He put pressure on Ever Banega and stopped him playing, he's their playmaker. I think Scott was brilliant."

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