Manchester United supporters were clearly unpleased with the performance of Jose Mourinho’s side as they ousted of the Champions League by Sevilla in the round of 16 stage.The Red Devils had the home advantage to their benefit for the second-leg after holding the Spanish opposition to a 0-0 scoreline on the road.
Despite this, United were very slow with their exchanges during the first half of the game, and they were unlucky to have not gone behind owing to Sevilla’s wastefulness in front of goal. The second period saw more of the same with the arrival of Paul Pogba at the hour mark, not doing much to change the complexion of the game.
United were eventually caught at the back by Wissam Ben Yedder, who came off the bench to score a brace in the space of five second-half minutes. Romelu Lukaku tried to bring United back into the tie by scoring from close range from a corner in the 84th minute, but it only proved a consolation as the team bowed out of the Champions League by a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.
Disjointed. Uninspired. Embarrassing. That sums up Man United tonight.
We have completely undone all the hard work we’ve done to get back into the Champions League and to get this far. From brilliant highs in recent weeks, to the lowest of lows.
Fuck it, I still love United.
— Billy (@BilboRocky) March 13, 2018
This isn't United…..Heads have dropped, no fight and no leadership#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 13, 2018
After spending £300m, what excites people about Manchester United are José Mourinho's press conferences, the only time he actually knows how to attack. Tueh
— Das Padre™ ? (@D_WarEagle) March 13, 2018
It took Manchester United 174 minutes to actually go and attack Sevilla. The players looked so lost out there and just so timid. No one willing to take responsibility and go forward. So backwards.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 13, 2018
At home in a game we need to win and we're being played off the park and resorting to long ball when we have a bench full of attacking talent#MUFC
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) March 13, 2018
As a result, United have not managed to reach the quarter-final stage of the Champions League since the 2013/14 season, where they were eliminated by German champions Bayern Munich. The players now have to retain their focus as quickly as possible as they have a FA Cup quarter-final game against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday night.
With no more European football to play for, the team also need to maintain their grasp on their runner-up position in the Premier League, whilst holding out the potential challenges in the Cup, which is now the sole route to silverware this term.