Sevilla slay United: Four talking points

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Richard Hazeldine Richard Hazeldine

Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday following a 2-1 home defeat to La Liga club Sevilla.

A 0-0 draw in Spain in the first leg meant that United needed to win to progress, but a lacklustre display saw them exit in the first knockout stage as Sevilla recorded a first ever win on British soil in the competition.

Two goals from sub Wissam Ben Yedder were enough despite Romelu Lukaku’s late strike.

FOX Sports Asia looks at four talking points from the Tuesday’s game:

Why so negative?
United needed to win following a 0-0 draw in Seville in the first leg, but once again Jose Mourinho looked to have set them up to contain the opposition. The problem was that this was Seville, not Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. The La liga side have one of the worst goals against records in La Liga while United have a host of attacking talent in Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

The onus was on United, as the home side, to attack and play to their strengths, but they didn’t do either. Mourinho may have gotten everything right against Liverpool at the weekend, but here one could argue that here he got everything wrong.

Ben Yedder the hero
The French striker made a huge impact just minutes after coming on in the 72nd minute. His first goal was exquisite, receiving a pass and taking the ball in his stride before powering a low shot past David de Gea, while his second was all instinct, twisting his body to pounce on a flick at the far post and squeeze a header past the flailing United keeper.

Ben Yedder now has eight goals in seven Champions League games this season for Sevilla. His introduction was an inspired move by Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella, but also begs the question: what he was doing on the bench in the first place?

Sanchez struggle continues
When Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in January there were several reasons, with one of them being the chance to play in the Champions League. That chance has now gone and the Chilean has not done himself justice. He has been poor since joining United as Mourinho has struggled to find a formation that suits his undoubted talent. Against Sevilla he gave the ball away far too many times, one could almost say he was trying too hard to make it happen.

It will come good for Sanchez as he is too good a player for it not to, but for this season it already seems like it is too late.

Banega bangs
The Argentine midfielder was on top of his game in both ties against United, but at Old Trafford he was superb and ran the show, outmuscling Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba when he came on. He gained an assist with the pass to Ben Yedder for the first goal, but it was his all-round display that caught the eye. His booking means he will miss the first leg of Sevilla’s quarter-final and on this showing he will be sorely missed.

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