Ratings: Pogba poor, Sanchez poor, Lukaku worked hard – that should be the ethic but it is not!


Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Sevilla after a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. The first half of the game was goalless and it took substitute Wassim Ben Yedder to score two goals in just over two minutes late in the second half to spoil the evening and possibly the season for United. Romelu Lukaku did score a consolation goal, which was not enough.

Key Moments:

38′ – Marouane Fellaini forced a fine save from Sergio Rico after winning the ball just outside the box, running into the box and striking his shot towards the near post. The Sevilla goalkeeper made the save, stopping what could have been a great goal by the Belgian.

60′ – Paul Pogba replaced Marouane Fellaini, the first substitution of the match. The Frenchman was soon misplacing passes and losing the ball. Not the best start for the Frenchman.

74′ – Wassim Ben Yedder opened the scoring after Ever Banega turned in midfield feeding Pablo Sarabia who then looked up to find Ben Yedder who scored with his superb effort into the bottom right corner past David De Gea. Manchester United were seemingly heading out of the Champions League.

77′ – Manchester United conceded another goal, with Wassim Ben Yedder the scorer again. Joaquin Correa crossed the ball from the left, there was a weak header towards the goal and David De Gea looked to tip the ball over. The ball touched the crossbar and just crossed the line. The referee gave the goal after it being confirmed by his assistant.

84′ – Manchester United scored a consolation goal through Romelu Lukaku, his 24th goal of the season, assisted by Marcus Rashford. The 20-year-old whipped his corner into the box with the Belgian at close-range slamming his shot past Sergio Rico. It was just not going to be enough for United though.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one hardly had anothing to do for the majority of the match. He was unlucky for the first goal but could have perhaps done more to deter the second. Not all his fault though. A goalkeeper is only as good as his defence, and this season, there are some careers which are questionable.


25 Antonio Valencia

Defensively, Valencia was solid and did what he needed to do the majority of the time. Attacking wise, which is one of his strong points, he just did not do enough to threaten.


3 Eric Bailly

Put in a perfectly times challenge to deny Correa. He was poor in possession during the game though. It was an awakening for him after Saturday's victory over Liverpool.


Chris Smalling

Too many shaky displays. Seems unable to be confident. Gave away too many silly fouls. Still not convinced.


18 Ashley Young

Defensively, Young was rarely dealt with a problem. His distribution though was questionable. I still think Luke Shaw needs to be given a decent crack of the whip.


31 Nemanja Matic

Had more defensive duties and will have missed McTominay. Isolated at times but he was the one rallying the troops at times. United lacked any urgency, even when it was too late.


27 Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian had a bright start for United despite four months on the sidelines. Had a decent shot on goal late in the first half, forcing a save by Rico. He faded into the second half and was replaced by Pogba.


14 Jesse Lingard

Started the game well, had an effort on goal saved and had some decent link-up play with Lukaku. He faded into the game though.


Alexis Sanchez

Everything seems to be changed for Sanchez and if he doesn't perform, it should not be the case. Needs to be dropped after a string of poor performances.


10 Marcus Rashford

After hitting the headlines against Liverpool, it was a spectacular fall from grace for Rashford. Switched from the left to the right may have been the problem. He assisted for Lukaku, albeit from a corner.


Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian workes tirelessly and was let down by his teammates with a distinct lack of service. His hold up play is getting stronger and he had a great chance to open the scoring early in the game. Eventually scored United's only goal of the game.



6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Fellaini 60'. Was a let down. Lost possession, misplaced passes. Just didn't look all that interested.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Valencia 77'. Should have started the game. He helps the attack, perhaps not with his pace but with his ability and mind.


9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Lingard 7'. The Frenchman added some spark in attack but it was too late to change the game.


Goals: Romelu Lukaku 84′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 84′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (Mata 77′), Bailly, Smalling, Young; Matic, Fellaini (Pogba 60′); Lingard (Martial 77′), Sanchez, Rashford; Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Lindelof, Darmian; McTominay

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 90+3′

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