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UEFA Champions League: Manchester United Ousted By Sevilla

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| March 14 , 2018 , 13:03 IST

Manchester United suffer a shock at the hands of Spanish side Sevilla, as they were defeated 2-1 at their home stadium, Old Trafford, on Tuesday. This was the second leg of the last-16 tie in UEFA Champions League.

With the first leg being a goalless draw, all was there to play for in the second leg, still, United got outplayed and outthought by the gritty Spanish side.

In the first leg, it was David de Gea who was the saviour for them yet again, as he put a stop to everything Sevilla threw at them. The advantage at the end of 90 minutes on February 21 was with the English side.

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The Red Devils were on a roll since the first leg, winning all three matches since then against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool. They had momentum on their side and were in the correct mindset to take on Sevilla to seal their berth in the quarterfinals.

However, Sevilla had come with a plan. The manager dropped the star striker Wissam Ben Yedder to the bench in a controversial decision. Jose Mourinho went for a safe approach. His decision to deploy two defensive midfielders in Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini was a dubious one.

After a goalless first half starved of opportunities on goal and constructive gameplay, the tie only had 45 minutes left for the team who wanted to win the most.

Sevilla came out all guns blazing and attacked the United goal with all their might. The manager then played his trump card and called Ben Yedder for action who made an immediate impact. In the 74th minute, he was given the ball on the edge of the penalty box. He shuffled his feet to find some space and let a clinical strike past David de Gea’s bottom left corner.

Jubilant Sevilla had gotten an all-important away goal, enough for them to win the tie even if United score one back in the dying embers of the game.

However, they doubled their lead and it was Ben Yedder again who was the one who scored it.

Even though Romelu Lukaku scored a fantastic volleyed goal to raise hopes of the United fans in the stadium for a comeback, it was too big a task to ask the team.

Going out of the UEFA Champions League at this stage is a massive blow for Manchester United, as they are second in the premier league and 16 points adrift from the top. The coveted European trophy was the only meaningful prize left for them to win this season, and now questions will arise about Jose Mourinho’s future.