Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Super Sub Ben Yedder Celebrates "Beautiful" Champions League Night

Super Sub Ben Yedder Celebrates

They let the game go until a very unsafe period for us, which they did, and they scored a goal. Such performances leave my faith in the once venerable Mourinho hanging by a thread but, more importantly, remarks of this nature will only alienate Mourinho from United fans.

His point, I guess, is that Man United, even under Sir Alex Ferguson, have been knocked out of the Champions League in the past - a classic attempt to distance himself from blame by contextualising the defeat on a wider scale.

United wilted rather than rallied, with Sevilla securing progress in the 78th minute. "I don't know what Real Madrid's intentions are, but if I were them, I would think of another player".

It felt there was anxiety in the air from the start of the 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which began - somewhat fittingly - with a long ball lumped up toward Marouane Fellaini.

While Sevilla certainly did not sparkle, until the two stunning late goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder won the game, they had the calmness in midfield that was lacking from United's display. It was never going to happen.

"Manchester United coming into this game, their tails should have been firmly up", he said.

However, Mourinho said there was nothing wrong with the team's attitude. How about sending the team out with a cautious mindset?

'At the end we kept pushing but it's not enough and we should have done much better with the quality we have in the team but we didn't deserve it because we weren't good enough'.

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Alexis Sanchez, signed from Arsenal in January, has the creativity and skill to find the opportunities to carve open a defence but, for whatever reason, he has yet to find anything like the form he has shown in the past. We lost and tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another match.

Unless United hit the ground running at the beginning of the second leg, there was always a chance that the away goal would come into play.

Nemanja Matic did what Mourinho couldn't do and accepted that United was eliminated by the better team over the two legs.

And the Belgium global, who hit his fifth Champions League goal of the season in the defeat, was critical of his team-mates.

"It would mean the same, but I'd see it as being a bit fairer if it was a score draw and they went through".

"There is no excuse", the Serbia midfielder said.

If, indeed, he does feel that "everything" has to change to lift the club back into the group of Europe's top teams then it is a startling admission.

"Saturday is a new game and lives go on".

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