Jose Mourinho's side were stunned by the two late strikes from Frenchman Ben Yedder and although Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back, United's once promising European campaign came to a sorry end. Ben Yedder put the visitors in front with a low finish just 87 seconds after coming off the bench in the 72nd minute and scored again with a header that hit the underside of the bar and went in four minutes later.
Sevilla reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in their history!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 13, 2018
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"In spite of the fact we didn’t create chances in the first half, we were good, very good, up until the final third, and we gave United very little chance near our goal," said Sevilla's Italian manager Vincenzo Montella. "Ben made the difference though, he was decisive, two times." Mourinho added: "I don’t think the performance was bad. I did my best, the players did their best. We tried, we lost and that’s football. "We had chances to score and again in the second half we had chances but the first goal would always change the direction of the game."
Sevilla went into Old Trafford and knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 13, 2018
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United were a shadow of the team that beat Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, with sloppy passing and a lack of shape, urgency and fluency. Questions will be asked as to why Mourinho switched around the team and formation from that game. Marcus Rashford was moved to the right, Alexis Sanchez to the left and Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini brought into midfield for Scott McTominay and Juan Mata.
The boss has had his say on tonight's disappointing result. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 13, 2018
However while United laboured, Sevilla had not looked a real threat in what was a generally poor quality game until the introduction of Ben Yedder with 18 minutes left. After a swift passing move, the forward sprung the defence with a sharp turn and fired a low shot past David De Gea before doubling Sevilla's lead with a back post header that crossed the line off the underside of the bar despite the keeper's efforts. Lukaku volleyed home from close range after Juan Mata had flicked on a corner in the 84th minute but there was to be no comeback for United and the visitors could have added more.
"This is nothing new for this football club."March 13, 2018
Jose Mourinho discusses how he knocked Manchester United out twice previously, as he explains the Champions League exit to Sevilla. https://t.co/B8TlW4Alrl pic.twitter.com/AannhatcRJ
That was quickly forgotten though as Sevilla's players and fans wildly celebrated a famous win. "We were just excellent, very good," said Italian manager Vincenzo Montella. "A lot of those players played the game of their lives". Sevilla, who are fifth in La Liga, have never before reached the last eight in the Champions League, although they made the European Cup quarter-finals in 1958.
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