Champions League: Sevilla knock out Manchester United

Nemanja Matic believes the win vs Liverpool will be a confidence boost before Sevilla match

United's performance against Sevilla was in stark contrast to their battling 2-1 Premier League win over arch-rivals Liverpool last weekend and Matic said Vincenzo Montella's side deserved to advance. I did my best, the players did their best.

When Mourinho selects Fellaini ahead of the likes of Pogba or Mata, it says everything about the manager's approach and his reluctance to trust his flair players in a finely-balanced European fixture. "We know that our supporters are sad because of this result, so we need to go back to winning ways".

The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout, but had to wait for Ben Yedder's introduction as a substitute 18 minutes from time to add a clinical finish by taking his Champions League tally for the season to eight goals in seven appearances.

"We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional", said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

"That's football, we lost, but tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match".

Romelu Lukaku reduced United's arrears, but it was too little, too late with Mourinho's decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.




And with defeat confirmed, then came the nonchalant dismissal of the elimination as "not the end of the world". Manchester United on the other hand could be licking their lips at this draw, and having gone to top notch form at Old Trafford, it could be as clear as day that Mourinho will win the tie.

"It's a very special game tomorrow night for Seville".

But the 55-year-old does not believe further spending would necessarily lead to an upturn in United's fortunes.

United finally worked a clear opening in the 38th minute, a powerful drive from Marouane Fellaini beaten away by Sergio Rico after Alexis Sanchez turned a one-two into the path of the Belgium global, who was making his first start of 2018. He was the exciting, confident upstart, the coach with the swagger to back up his ambition. Nobody could touch Mourinho's team on the pitch because he seemed to have the magic formula. His football no longer delivers the biggest trophies and his public comments are now more spiteful than sparkling.

Few leaders survive when they become so out of touch.

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