Man Utd player ratings: De Gea, Valencia and Sanchez woeful against Sevilla

Mar 14, 2018, 05:45
Man Utd player ratings: De Gea, Valencia and Sanchez woeful against Sevilla

The first leg in Seville ended in a 0-0 draw, with the Spanish side dominating but unable to make the most of the chances that fell their way and United are favourites to make the quarters in front of their own fans.

Apart from a raucous corner behind David de Gea's goal where the Sevilla supporters were housed, the famous stadium was suddenly bereft of belief, the tension that had preceded Ben Yedder's introduction replaced by despair.

Asked what has to change now to get United into the top-eight teams in Europe, Mourinho retorted: "Everything".

"There are players in that United squad to play good attacking football".

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He was once the new kid on the block in the Champions League, the Portuguese hurricane blowing through the grandest competition of them all, but now, after his Manchester United team exited the tournament with barely a whimper against Sevilla, Jose Mourinho looks like a man out of touch, on and off the pitch. Hopefully, I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

Mourinho was on the winning side that night as Real Madrid manager and also sent United out of the last 16 when Porto boss in 2004.

United's performance against Sevilla was in stark contrast to their battling 2-1 Premier League win over arch-rivals Liverpool last weekend and Matic said Vincenzo Montella's side deserved to advance. "This is football and we have to accept that". The United manager attempted to retrieve the situation by throwing on Anthony Martial and Mata, but it was too little, too late. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.

United finally worked a clear opening in the 38th minute, a powerful drive from Marouane Fellaini beaten away by Sergio Rico after Alexis Sanchez turned a one-two into the path of the Belgium global, who was making his first start of 2018.

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"After 10 to 15 minutes, Sevilla has a good team and can hide the ball in midfield".

Four minutes later he doubled Sevilla's advantage with a header at the back post which the crossed the line after hitting the underside of the bar despite De Gea's efforts.

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has announced he will hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign after 12 trophy-laden seasons at Old Trafford.

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