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Player Ratings: Sevilla beat United 2-1; Fernandes did not give up; Lindelof not good enough

Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League. United took the lead in the game after Marcus Rashford won a penalty which Bruno Fernandes scored. Sevilla equalised through Suso 17 minutes later. United looked lively at times but poor finishing cost them after they had many attacking chances on the bounce at the start of the second half, then looked tired. Luuk de Jong scored what turned into the winner in the 78th minute with United running empty.

United started well on the attack, aiming to find an early goal. In the seventh minute of the match United won a penalty after Anthony Martial flicked the ball further into the box with Marcus Rashford running through and his shot being saved. However, an off the ball foul on Rashford happened with a penalty being awarded, United’s 22nd of the season, Bruno Fernandes took the spot kick, putting United 1-0 up in the ninth minute of the match, scoring his 12th goal for the club this season.

In the 26th minute of the match, Sevilla equalised through Suso which had been coming with both teams attacking fluidly throughout the match so far. Lucas Ocampos slipped a great pass into Sergio Reguilon with Aaron Wan-Bissaka a yard behind with the ball being played to Suso who waiting to tap home at the near post. It was an unfortunate goal for United and they were going to need to do a lot more the get the win in this game, with a place in the final up for grabs.

It was 1-1 at the break with United still trying to find the goal to put them in the lead again. Rashford was lively for the reminder of the half but Sevilla were countering everything that United did, trying to fins the goal to put them ahead in the game also. Solskjaer would need to look at his tactics going into the break to try and find a way for United to nullify certain players for Sevilla which could be the key to winning the game. United have seemingly done everything right so far.

From the very start of the second half, United were the team going to try and take the match by the scruff of the neck, searching for that goal to put them ahead once again. The Sevilla goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou was impressive in stoping United from taking the lead for the second time in the match. United had more of the attacking in the first ten minutes of the half. The match the. started to level with end to end football. Rashford was booked for dissent in the 66th minute of the match.

Luuk de Jong took the lead for Sevilla in the 78th minute of the match with United’s defence sleeping and Victor Lindelof running towards the ball, stopping then seemingly blaming Fernandes. In the 87th minute, Solskjaer made a triple substitution with Tim Fosu-Mensah, Daniel James and Juan Mata replacing Brandon Williams, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Rashford. Six minutes of added time was to be played at the end of the match with United running out of time to find an equaliser. United were beaten and their season, which started a year ago, is now over.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Conceded two goals with both down to poor defending at fullback and with Lindelof not doing his job for the second. He will be disappointed.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Needs to find some improvement at fullback as he has seemed sleepy, especially for both Sevilla goals. Solskjaer will not be impressed with the right-back. He was replaced by James in the 87th minute.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Started the game in good stead but for Sevilla's second goal, he ran towards the ball, stopped and seemed to blame Fernandes. Poor defensively when it matters in this match.

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5 Harry Maguire

Will be disappointed after playing a lot of football this season. The defeat is not ideal but has happened. The defence has improved this season but was poor in this match. Time for a break then getting ready for the new season.

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33 Brandon Williams

Dug deep against Sevilla and did some good work on the ball, getting forward a lot. He was replaced by Fosu-Mensah in the 87th minute. Williams did not hold his head down once.

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17 Fred

Had a good game playing as the holding midfielder against Sevilla. Covered plenty of the pitch and tried to push United forward.

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11 Mason Greenwood

One of the stars of the match and could have been the difference in the game on more than one occasion. He will not like the taste of defeat but at least United did not rely on winning this competition to get Champions League football.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Scored his 12th goal of the season for United, scoring the clubs 22nd penalty. It was also his 49th goal contribution in 50 matches this season, for both United and Sporting. This guy is a class act.

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6 Paul Pogba

Had a better match against Sevilla and seemed more ready to play with the ball at his feet. Lost the ball at times but it was an end to end game much of the time.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Needed to do better after his last few matches and did just that. Won United a penalty in the seventh minute of the match which Fernandes scored in the ninth minute. Was one of the players looking to put United forward from the start of the second half, pushing for that win. Booked for dissent in the 66th minute for bouncing the ball in frustration. He was replaced by Mata in the 87th minute.

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9 Anthony Martial

Looked lively early in the match but United seemed to be poor at taking their chances. United had a good period of play to find a second goal but it never came.

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Substitutes

8 Juan Mata

Replaced Rashford 87'. Made little impact after coming on late in the game.

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21 Daniel James

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 87'. Had chances to help get United level but did not take the risk. This is where he needs to improve, a lot.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Williams 87'. Provided cover at left-back with United's depth in the position lacking. Did what he needed to do.

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25 Odion Ighalo

Replaced Greenwood 90+3'. Came on at the death with United having three minutes

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Goals: Suso 26′, Luuk de Jong 78′; Bruno Fernandes 9′ (penalty)

Assists: Sergio Reguilon 26′, Jesus Navas 78′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (James 87′), Lindelof, Maguire, Williams (Fosu-Mensah 87′); Fred; Greenwood (Ighalo 90+3′), Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford (Mata 87′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Grant; Bailly, Mengi; Lingard, Pereira, Matic, McTominay

Bookings: Diego Santos Silva 21′, Munir 86′; Brandon Williams 17′, Marcus Rashford 66′, Harry Maguire 86′

Written by John Walker

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