United crash out of Europe

Champions League
Round of 16, second leg

Manchester United 1
Sevilla 2 (1-2 on aggregate)

SOMEWHERE, in London, David Moyes will have afforded himself a wry smile.

Derided during his short stint as manager at Old Trafford and given the boot after an ill-fated eight months in charge, the now-West Ham United manager at least took Manchester United to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The same cannot be said of Jose Mourinho, the Reds' current boss, and - supposedly - one of the world's greatest coaches.

The winner of two Champions Leagues and numerous domestic titles across Europe.

While his eternal enemy Pep Guardiola is on the verge of leading Manchester City to the Premier League and securing a place in the Champions League last eight - all while playing scintillating football - Mourinho's only chance at silverware this season is the FA Cup.

United will know that, after spending so much money, that it is unacceptable and, indeed, a calamity to lose 2-1 over two legs, with the defeat coming at home, too, against a Sevilla side which sits fifth in its division.

Two goals from substitute Wissam Ben-Yedder shocked Old Trafford to its core - and Mourinho had no answers.

Marouane Fellaini was certainly not the answer.

Chosen ahead of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, the Belgian partnered Nemanja Matic in the centre of the park.

Mobility is not at the top of those players' skills list and Sevilla found it easy to work the ball around their almost-static legs.

Mourinho may have thought Paul Pogba was the answer when he brought him off the bench on the hour mark to replace the cumbersome Fellaini.

Yet it was after the Frenchman set foot on to the pitch that Sevilla scored both their goals.

Out-of-form, Pogba contributed little, as did Alexis Sanchez, the January signing who is a pale imitation of the player he was at Arsenal.

Pre-match, Mourinho had declared that he wanted his side to make a fast start - but the opposite happened.

United were ponderous in the first quarter of the game and failed to take control - a far cry from just three days ago when they beat Liverpool 2-1 using their attacking nous.

Sevilla's livewire playmaker Pablo Sarabia was finding space in between the triangle of Matic, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling and proved a danger throughout the first-half.

And it was the ex-Real Madrid man who released Joaquín Correa in the 28th minute.

The Argentine cut in from the left and passed the ball to Luis Muriel, but his dipped effort went just wide of the far post in the Spaniards' first clear cut opportunity of the game

With Mata and Martial also on the bench, there was an absence of someone to link play in the first-half.

It was Fellaini who had United's best chance of the first 45 minutes, though.

He won the ball back from Ever Banega, played a neat one-two with Sanchez and launched an effort inside the box which Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico parried.

As United began to build momentum, Jesse Lingard raced into the box but Sevilla's defenders were first to it again, deflecting his cross behind.

Sevilla nearly went ahead in the opening minute of the second-half.

Correa found himself through on goal and, about to strike the ball, was denied by a last-ditch superb tackle by Eric Bailly.

The play quickly switched and United had a number of chances to take the lead.

Romelu Lukaku played in Lingard, but his effort was brilliantly saved by Rico, before Marcus Rashford shot the ball across the goal line.

Sevilla gained the advantage just three minutes after Ben-Yedder came off the bench in the 74th minute.

The French striker latched on to Sarabia's assist from the centre of the box and shot the ball past United goalkeeper David De Gea and into bottom right-hand corner of the net.

United were finding it increasingly difficult to gain a foothold back in the game, with their midfield overrun by the colossus presence of Banega and Steven N'Zonzi.

And their woes were deepened four minutes later when Sevilla doubled their lead.

Correa's ball reached Ben-Yedder and he headed it past a despairing De Gea to make it eight goals in the Champions League this season.

United needed three goals in 12 minutes to go through, but managed just one thanks to Lukaku as the clock ticked towards full-time.

The striker blasted home Rashford's corner, but it was a case of too little, too late as Sevilla reached the competition's quarter-finals for the first time in more than 60 years.

Mourinho said: "I've sat in this chair twice before.

"With Porto - Manchester United out.

"With Real Madrid - Manchester United out.

"So this is nothing new for this football club.

"I don't think our performance was bad and our intention was positive.

"We had good chances to score, but the first goal will always change the direction of the game."

Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella said: "I am very, very happy that we have won here in this amazing stadium.

"We were in control of the game and we gave United little opportunities to get close to our goal.

"Ben-Yedder really made the difference and he finished well on both occasions."

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (Mata, 76), Smalling, Bailly, Young; Matic; Lingard (Martial, 76), Fellaini (Pogba, 59), Rashford; Sanchez; Lukaku.

Substitutes not used: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof and McTominay.

Sevilla: Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N'Zonzi, Banega; Sarabia, Vazquez (Pizarro, 89), Correa (Geis, 90); Muriel (Ben Yedder, 71).

Substitutes not used: Soria, Arana, Pareja and Noltio.

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