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De Gea hands Mourinho a Euro lifeline

David de Gea
David de Gea

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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