EMBARRASSED, DISGRACED AND KNOCKED OUT..SEVILLA KNOCK OUT MAN U (2-1 AGG)
Have you been in a situation where in a party or wedding or whatever, the venue is glittering, the occasion looks classy, everything on point,Here comes the appetizer..mmm Impeccable& it sets your heart racing for what’s to come but then they serve the main course and arggh! tastes like Vomit. That is exactly how i and Millions of Man United fans all over the world felt after watching our Darling Club get slapped all over our own stadium by who? Sevilla of spain, Former Europa League serial champions.
Now iv tasted several defeats in the past even under the great Fergie so im not gonna start sounding like an immature fan, but Last night really hurt for a lot of avoidable reasons, One of which is i strongly believe the Manager got a lot of his tactics wrong last night and after seeing that stuff were not working i’d have expected a manager of the caliber of Jose Mourinho to react quicker. Many fans in the heat of the hurt were calling on the club to SACK him but there is need for calm. It was a bad night and it happens to the best of them in the business.
Supporters were left bemused by the performance of United, who looked uncharacteristically sloppy, lethargic and disinterested.
Much like their showing in Spain three weeks ago, when Mourinho set his side up to play for a goalless draw against a side who look, on paper at least, far inferior.
Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba struggled yet again, while Romelu Lukaku was once again guilty of squandering key chances, despite netting late on.
Wissam Ben Yedder netted twice in quick succession after coming on as a second half substitute as Sevilla reach the last eight in the European Cup for the first time since the 1957/58 season.
Mourinho conceded that the La Liga club deserved the victory, claiming they controlled the game from the first minute. But he failed to state that his team didn’t do enough to impose themselves on the Spanish side. Who smartly took advantage of the Homeside’s tentativeness and capitalised smartly
Sanchez again was totally ineffective on the night
Speaking to reporters after the match, he said: “We tried to be aggressive and intense from the first minute. We didn’t score and Sevilla progressively kept the ball, and they controlled the game well.
We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional. The second goal made it impossible.
“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.
That’s football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match.
“I’m pleased the players aren’t hiding their sadness, but we have no time for drama.”
Mourinho had no business starting Fellaini in that game, Ok fine I know Pogba hasn’t been setting the world alight lately but nothing screams Negative tactics like plonking Maroune Fellaini against the skillful tricky Sevilla men in the middle of the park.. i wouldn’t dare do that and i’m not a 10million Euros per annum Manager. I don’t need to be.
That Midfield of Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic lacked creation and those farther forward, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard, could not get into the game. It was crying out for Juan Mata but by the time he was introduced the tie was as good as over. He made a goal for Romelu Lukaku but by then there were seven minutes remaining and United needed two more goals.
Manchester United (4-1-4-1): De Gea Valencia (Mata 77), Bailly , Smalling Young ; Matic ; Rashford , Fellaini (Pogba 60, 5), Lingard (Martial 77), Sanchez ; Lukaku
Subs not used: Romero, Lindelof, Darmian, McTominay
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Rico ; Mercado , Kjaer , Lenglet , Escudero ; Nzonzi , Banega ; Sarabia , Vazquez (Pizarro 87), Correa (Geis 89); Muriel (Ben Yedder 72, 8.5)
Subs not used: Soria, Pizarro, Pareja, Nolito, Arana
Goals: Ben Yedder 74, 78
Bookings: Banega, Sarabia, Correa, Ben Yedder
Manager: Vincenzo Montella 8
Referee: Danny Makkelie 5