Sevilla Goalkeeper Eyeing Historic Night At Old Trafford

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2018

"I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford - with Porto and Real Madrid - so I don't think it's something new for the club".

Clutching desperately at the thinnest of straws, Mourinho suggested United had no time for self-recrimination because they had an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Brighton coming up at the weekend. There have been 30 previous occasions in which a first leg has been drawn 0-0 since the competition moved into the Champions League format in 1992, and the team playing away first has gone on to progress 21 times at a 70 per cent success rate.

That midfield setup also afforded Mourinho the rare opportunity of playing Marcus Rashford on the left side of Manchester United's attack, something the Portuguese has found hard to do since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

Just before the hour mark, the United team got the jolt of creativity - on paper, at least - that it desperately needed, as Mourinho sent on Paul Pogba in place of Fellaini.

Ben Yedder took a sharp first touch, setting up a simple finish from 15 yards to give Sevilla the lead, and just as importantly, one more away goal than United. The trio will be depended on for goals, after struggling to generate scoring chances in the first leg.

After wins over rivals Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League, the Red Devils are riding a surge of self-belief but it remains to be seen if their domestic success will translate into victory in continental competition.

Fellaini apparently was given two tasks by Mourinho: get into the box at the back post to head/chest the ball back across goal and foul the shit out of Sevilla to break up any counter attacks.

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"Now I have only one name in my mind: it is Sevilla".

Lukaku sparked a late fightback by turning in a Marcus Rashford corner but United could not match Sevilla's clinical edge in front of goal.

Match kicks-off at 20.45 GMT/01.15 IST.

Two minutes after the restart, Sevilla nearly took a shock lead. Leaving many with the suggestion that all might not be well between the two at Manchester United.

Before United could respond it was 2-0 and game over, chaotic defending allowing Ben Yedder to divert a goal-bound header that a desperate De Gea was unable to stop crossing the line.

In the end, Jose Mourinho had nothing left to do but troll his own club.

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