13/03/2018 21:48, Report by Stuart Mathieson
UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg | Old Trafford | Attendance: 74,909 | Scorers: Lukaku 84; Ben Yedder 73, 78
Manchester United’s Champions League hopes were killed off with a dramatic late double by Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.
The tie was heading towards potential extra time when Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella made the breakthrough with a change of personnel.
Within six minutes of appearing off the bench, Frenchman Ben Yedder had scored twice to stun Old Trafford and end hopes of progression to the quarter-finals for Jose Mourinho’s side. Not even a late goal from Romelu Lukaku could fire a recovery for the Reds in front of the heartbroken home faithful.
It had been four years since the nerve-shredding tension of Champions League football at Old Trafford and this was as stressful as ever. At this last-16 stage in 2014 United recovered from a dismal night in Athens after David Moyes’ side lost to Olympiakos. By virtue of a sensational Robin van Persie hat-trick, the Reds turned the tie around 3-2 on aggregate.
United were in a far more comfortable situation this time following the 0-0 stalemate in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville last month. But as Champions League experts had warned it wasn’t always as good a result to bring back to England as you would imagine. The fact Sevilla could afford a score draw on the…