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Jose Mourinho attempts to play down Manchester United exit

Jose Mourinho attempts to play down Manchester United exit

Jose Mourinho attempts to play down Manchester United exit

Manchester United were thankful to goalkeeper David De Gea during the game after he made a number of crucial saves.

An abject United performance got the outcome it deserved as Sevilla kicked on after a solid first-half display, Frenchman Ben Yedder coming off the bench to secure a 2-1 win and render Romelu Lukaku's late goal pointless as the Spaniards progressed from the last-16 at the fourth time of asking.

What may gall Mourinho the most will be that opposite number Vincenzo Montella's game plan is one the United manager has utilised to such good effect on so many occasions in the past.

Jose Mourinho attempted to play down the significance of Manchester United's exit from the Champions League as former players turned television pundits savaged his side's limp display against Sevilla. I sit in the chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. "We tried, we lost and that's football".

Pablo Sarabia fed Ben Yedder, who drilled an accurate low effort into the bottom right corner to break the deadlock, before adding a second from close range with United rocking.

"United were just too cautious".

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"There are players in that United squad to play good attacking football".

"In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today". Mourinho's decision to start the Belgium midfielder was perhaps understandable on the basis that the United manager needed somebody to nullify the threat of Sevilla's own towering midfielder, Steven N'Zonzi.

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has announced he will hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign after 12 trophy-laden seasons at Old Trafford. The Belgian flashed the first over from 20 yards after a good one-two with the winger, before Sevilla defender Langlet did well to block his second attempt on the edge of the six yard box following a unsafe ball in from Lingard.

The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal.

But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years.

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