Jose Mourinho attempts to play down Manchester United exit

Tricia Pearson
March 14, 2018

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.

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.

Ben Yedder had been on the pitch just 87 seconds when he controlled a smart pass from Banega, took a touch to steady himself and drilled a fine finish inside De Gea's left-hand post. We had unsafe situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score.

Sevilla dominated the vast majority of the first leg only to be denied by some stunning saves from David de Gea.

Lukaku sparked a late fightback by turning in a Marcus Rashford corner but United could not match Sevilla's clinical edge in front of goal.

Romelu Lukaku scored one goal for United but it wasn't enough.

Ivan Ordets was sent off with 10 minutes to go for Shakhtar for a foul on Dzeko who was running through, making his team's bid for a goal to send them through harder.

The start of the second half saw Eric Bailly produce some last ditch heroics to keep United level, as Sarabia found Correa unmarked inside the United area, but the Ivorian's perfectly timed challenge prevented the striker from getting a shot away.

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Yet, the Belgian almost made the breakthrough with United's best move of the opening period when he latched onto Alexis Sanchez's layoff and his powerful effort was turned behind by Sergio Rico.

Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million (RM484.3 million) in 2016, was eventually introduced just after the hour mark with Fellaini sacrificed.

A tiresome first half saw few opportunities at either end.

For United, though, they haven't had that luxury at all this season.

Ben Yedder struck in the 74th and 78th minutes after coming off the bench two minutes earlier to stun the Red Devils 2-1 at Old Trafford, after the first leg ended goalless.

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

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

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