Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 stage after they produced a rather underwhelming performance against Sevilla at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s side were expected to dominate the proceedings after playing out a dull 0-0 draw on the road, but the Red Devils surprisingly struggled to exhibit their dominance.
Barring the opening exchanges, Sevilla managed to gain a decent possession of the ball, and they controlled the play at the heart of the midfield with Steven N’Zonzi putting in a stellar showing.
The match appeared to be headed for another goalless stalemate, which would have forced extra-time, but Wissam Ben Yedder changed the complexion of the game from the bench.
The Sevilla marksman scored twice after just six minutes onto the pitch, and this pretty much summed United’s performance, with Romelu Lukaku bagging the only consolation in a 2-1 aggregate defeat.
Three things we learned:
Jose Mourinho’s tactical decision: The Special One was praised for his awareness against Liverpool on Saturday, where he utilised the long-ball tactical to his side’s advantage. However, the same ploy backfired against Sevilla, who were more defensively sound than the Reds. Marouane Fellaini’s involvement ahead of Scott McTominay was another surprise, and the Belgian struggled to win the midfield battle over N’Zonzi, whilst tending to slow down the play.
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