Manchester United out of Champions League after home loss to Sevilla

Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League last-16 after putting on an abysmal performance on home ground that ended in a 2-1 home defeat by Sevilla.

Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored both goals for the La Liga team with a shot from inside the area just two minutes after coming on, and heading in at the back post from a corner.

After posing little threat in the goalless first leg, United again looked second best against the La Liga side at Old Trafford, although Marouane Fellaini’s thumping effort did draw Sergio Rico into a save, and the away goalkeeper was tested again when he kept out Jesse Lingard’s low strike.

Although Romelu Lukaku lashed home from close range with seven minutes remaining, but it proved to be merely a consolation as they would need two more goals to progress after Ben Yedder’s brace by the away-goal rule — in which a draw would have still meant defeat.

The sound of the final whistle meant that Manchester United would exit the competition alongside Tottenham, but Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool progressed to Friday’s quarter-final draw. Defending Premier League champions Chelsea could also join them if they beat Barcelona on Wednesday.

Sevilla would also set a new record as, with three draws and one defeat, they had never won a Champions League game in England, until this match at Old Trafford.

They were also the better side across both legs and thoroughly deserved the plaudits, with manager Vincenzo Montella and his substitutes running on to the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate with the players.

Ben Yedder will be grabbing the headlines for his well-taken goals and he could even have sealed a hat-trick as Manchester United defense essentially fell apart and allowed the Frenchman to run clear, although he shot went straight at David de Gea.

“We were just excellent, very good,” said Montella. “A lot of those players played the game of their lives. 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.”

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