5 TALKING POINTS! Man United 1-2 Sevilla: Wissam Ben Yedder Double Dumps Red Devils Out Of Champions League

5 TALKING POINTS! Man United 1-2 Sevilla: Wissam Ben Yedder Double Dumps Red Devils Out Of Champions League

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The French striker hit a quick-fire double as a substitute with Romelu Lukaku’s late goal not enough.

Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League as Seville pulled off a stunning 2-1 last 16 win.

Frenchman Wissam Ben Yedder was the Spaniard’s hero with two goals in four minutes late in the second half to leave Old Trafford stunned.

It was a hammer blow for boss Jose Mourinho and his United stars who reckoned they’d done the hard work by scrapping for a 0-0 first leg draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium a fortnight ago.

But it proved a dangerous result as United failed to perform and Seville made the vital breakthrough with a superb strike by Ben Yedder after 74 minutes.

Four minutes later the Seville star headed home the second killing the tie and although Romelu Lukaku pulled one back after 86 min utes it was too little too late.

1. Mourinho’s tactics spectacularly wrong

After his tactical masterclass against Liverpool the pressure was on Jose Mourinho to execute another winning game-plan for this tricky Champions League last 16 tie against Seville.

But he got it spectacularly wrong as Seville delivered a killer blow to reach the quarter-finals.

The United boss has won the trophy twice with FC Porto and Inter Milan and usually there’s no-one better at managing a one-off game when the stakes are high.

But with Old Trafford expecting United to come out all guns blazing the first 45 minutes was short on tempo and intensity from Mourinho’s stars who looked flat after their Liverpool win – and paid the price.

He did spring a tactical surprise on his Seville rival Vincenzo Montella playing Marcus Rashford – United’s two-goal scoring hero against Liverpool, on the right flank as well as drafting Marouane Fellaini into midfield with Paul Pogba left on the bench until the 60minute.

2. Bailly delayed the inevitable

Eric Bailly is seen by Jose Mourinho as his main-stay centre-back with the speed, strength and defensive decisiveness he demands in that key position.

And since returning to the side after a lengthy injury spell the Ivory Coast star has brought added stability and authority to United’s back line.

He needed all his attributes to help United navigate a difficult night – never more so than when he made a goal-saving last ditch tackle on Joaquin Correa just after half time but he couldn’t stop BenYedder grabbing Seville’s crucial opening goal.

3. Sanchez a ghost of the Arsenal version

Alexis Sanchez has found the going tough so far at United and here was a glorious opportunity for the 29-year-old Chilean to make his mark on a big European night at Old Trafford.

Once again his work-rate couldn’t be faulted as he grafted as hard as anyone on the pitch. But the breakthrough he’s looking for in his United career is still eluding him.

One goal in ten games at his new club isn’t why United splashed the cash for the South American and the jury is still out.

4. N’Zonzi proves point

Steven N’Zonzi never looked much more than half decent in his Premier League days at Blackburn and Stoke.

But in a Seville shirt the 29-year-old Frenchman has taken his game to a higher level with a maturity and The gangly holding midfield star was a composed and influential force for the Spaniards patrolling in front of his back four to break up play and keep Seville ticking over.

5. Mourinho will demand MORE money

Jose Mourinho said United would be contenders if they made it to the quarter finals – but they are a long was from being a Champions League force.

They are way short of the standards being set by rivals Manchester City – and that’s a big concern at Old Trafford.

So in the coming weeks expect Mourinho to demand United’s owners open the cheque book again for another summer of big spending.

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