Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Manchester United didn't deserve to beat Sevilla - Matic

Manchester United didn't deserve to beat Sevilla - Matic

And after progressing from the last 16 in five successive seasons - United have now been eliminated at the round of 16 in two of their last three Champions League campaigns - the 2012/13 and 2017/18 seasons.

The opening goal came in the 74th minute when Wissam Ben Yedder breached the United back-line little over a minute after coming on as a substitute...

Jose Mourino endured perhaps the most hard night of his Manchester United tenure to date as Seville dumped his side out of the Champions League.

Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (L) and Manchester United's Ivorian defender Eric Bailly react after Sevilla scored their first goal during a last 16 second leg UEFA Champions League football match between Manchester United and Sevilla at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Sevilla has been a perennial challenger to Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, but its last Spanish league trophy was won in 1946. "It's not something new for this club", Mourinho said during his post-match press conference referring to when he led other clubs to beat United in 2004 and 2013.

So I don't think it's something new for the club.

Unsurprisingly, Mourinho's comments drew criticism that mostly focused on his tactical approach to the game.

What was the reason for starting Marouane Fellaini? The Chilean was disposed 37 times in the first half alone, which is a worrying number for a player who is expected to make a difference on the pitch. No energy, no fast start.

Sanchez more or less benefited from a free role in London, which isn't the case at United. I did my best, the players did their best.

"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", he said.

But Ferdinand and Scholes weren't exclusively focusing on Mourinho, saying the players needed to take the blame too.

For the Catalan paper, though, their big moment comes on Wednesday night as Barcelona look to get past Chelsea to book their place in the quarter-final.

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