Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League

David De Gea had to be at his best in Spain to keep the first leg of this last-16 tie goalless, but another disappointing performance would be punished on a night to forget for the hosts at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho turned to Pogba to influence the game at a crucial stage but the France global was arguably United's worst performer and he gave the ball away a number of times in good areas.

Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho insists that his team did put up a good performance during their home defeat to Sevilla, which knocked them out of the UEFA Champions League. Only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo - with 12 goals - has more.

"That's football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match".

In the 74th minute, Ben Yedder broke the deadlock just two minutes after coming off the bench. "We had good periods, we didn't have great control over the game, but I can't say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play".

"In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today".

"The way we started was positive", Mourinho continued.

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Paul Pogba is another who has missed a number of fixtures with a small problem and Mourinho has admitted he still remains a doubt for the Champions League tie. "When they scored the first goal the game was completely different".

Minutes later it was Sevilla's turn to breathe a sigh of relief, as Lukaku turned provider for Lingard this time, but the outstretched hand of Sergi Rico tipped the Englishman's shot around the post for a corner that would ultimately come to nothing.

Mourinho's gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla's ball players in midfield.

The visitors were denied a goal within three minutes of the half-time break by a last-ditch Eric Bailly challenge.

"And we're not the only team that invests money".

But with Pogba and Juan Mata left on the bench until midway through the second half, United posed little threat to Sevilla and Ben Yedder's double proved enough to win the game, despite Romelu Lukaku's late strike.

With the victory, the Spanish side have reached only their second ever European Cup quarter-final.

  • Tabitha Byrd