A SEVERE BEATING; MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SEVILLA 2 Lukaku 84 Ben Yedder 74, 78 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 2ND LEG SEVILLA WIN 2-1 ON AGGREGATE; Spaniards make United pay for a lack of ambition on nightmare evening for Jose.
SEVILLA boss Vincenzo Montella was dressed like an undertaker on the touchline and made sure his team buried Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho's woeful side slunk out of the Champions League following their worst display of the season, falling victim to two late goals from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.
Favourites to progress after a goalless draw in Spain, United were flat throughout and validated Mourinho's prematch admission they were not equipped to go on and win the competition.
Sevilla, fifth in La Liga, were one of the weaker teams left in the last 16, but United, second in the Premier League, made them look like one of the more fancied sides with this inept performance.
Montella's team had 21 shots on goal, the most by opponents at Old Trafford in seven years, while the Reds managed just four on target over both legs, a pitiful return from a side with such an array of expensive talent.
Mourinho moaned at the fourth official for only allowing four minutes of added time, but the reality is he got his team selection and tactics hopelessly wrong against opponents there for the taking.
Selecting Marouane Fellaini, who had not started a game since November, was an unnecessary gamble by Mourinho, one that failed to come off.
Fellaini brings his unique nuisance value but, having only made five starts all season and clearly not match-fit after a prolonged absence, his inclusion was a risk Mourinho (above) did not need to take.
Serial winners of the Europa League in recent seasons, Sevilla had proved their pedigree in the knockout arena, and refused to be daunted by their more celebrated opponents.
United started well, but that early promise soon faded as Mourinho's side retreated, showing Sevilla too much respect and deference, and paying the price for that approach. With United so inhibited and standing off their opponents, great swathes of space opened up for Sevilla to exploit, which they did throughout the match, always probing and threatening to score.
Marcus Rashford, so effective on the left in scoring twice in Saturday's 2-1 win over Liverpool, was switched to the right to accommodate Alexis Sanchez but struggled to have any kind of impact.
Sanchez, supposedly a statement signing from Arsenal, failed to impose himself once again and it remains to be seen how long Mourinho persists with his under-performing forward.
Sevilla had a chance to take the lead two minutes after the restart, with only a perfectly-timed challenge from Eric Bailly preventing Joaquin Correa from pulling the trigger and scoring.
Jesse Lingard saw an angled shot palmed away by keeper Sergio Rico, but United's night unravelled in the 73rd minute when sub Ben Yedder, who had been on the pitch for 88 seconds, scored.
Pablo Sarabia threaded the ball through to the Frenchman, who timed to perfection his run behind the United defence, before taking a touch and drilling a low shot past David De Gea.
That left United needing two goals to progress, but they were finished four minutes later, Ben Yedder striking again with a far post header, De Gea flapping at the ball as it went in.
Romelu Lukaku gave the Reds faint hope with an acrobatic finish in the 84th minute, but it still left them needing two further goals, which proved beyond them.
By the end, Mourinho had thrown on Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, but even PS170million worth of substitute talent could not save United from a humiliating exit.
The inquest will be a painful and brutal one for the manager and his team, who now have only the FA Cup and second spot in the Premier League to play for, a poor return from a season that promised so much.
RATINGS by David McDonnell mirror.co.uk/sport/football 5 5 5 6 6 manchester utd De Gea Flapped at Ben Yedder's second goal, sending it over the line Valencia Gave the ball away in the build-up to Sevilla's first goal Smalling Allowed Ben Yedder to get in behind him for Sevilla's opener Bailly Great tackle on Correa but failed to close Ben Yedder down for first Young Poor delivery going forward, untroubled down his flank Matic Left isolated in first half by Fellaini. Not his usual commanding self Fellaini First start since November and it showed. Off the pace Lingard Saw angled shot saved. Lacked his usual goal touch when it mattered Sanchez Another flat display from United's statement signing Rashford Booked Switched to right to accommodate Sanchez and struggled Lukaku 6 5 6 4 5 7 Only United player who showed desire. Took his late goal well SUBS: Pogba (Fellaini 60) 5 Martial (Lingard 76) 5 Mata (Valencia 76) 5 match stats 52% POSSESSION 48% 3 SHOTS ON TARGET 5 7 SHOTS OFF TARGET 11 5 CORNERS 3 1 OFFSIDE 0 8 FOULS 10 1 0 CARDS 4 0 REFEREE: Danny Makkelie sevilla Rico 7, Mercado 6, Kjaer 6, Lenglet 6, Escudero 6, Nzonzi 7, Banega 6, Sarabia 7, Vasquez 7 (Pizarro 86), Correa 7 (Geis 89), Muriel 6 (Ben Yedder 72, 5)
down.. and out Lukaku and Man United were floored by Sevilla and two goals from Ben Yedder
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 14, 2018|
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