Manchester United welcomed Sevilla to Old Trafford for the second leg round of 16 Champions League tie between the two sides.
The first leg in Spain ended in a 0-0 stalemate, meaning that either side could easily progress with a positive result in this fixture.
The Red Devils knew that they needed at least one goal to guarantee progression, while the visitors had a slight advantage thanks to the prospect of an away goal victory.
With so much at stake for both sides it was perhaps unsurprising that the game started in a cagey manner with neither team wanting to make a mistake early on.
Manchester United looked the better side in the early exchanges however and they soon began to put some pressure on the Sevilla goal.
Romelu Lukaku had the first decent chance of the game after some good link-up play with Jesse Lingard, but the striker’s curling shot flew wildly wide of the far post.
There were few clear-cut chances in the first 10 minutes however and a number of midfield battles emerged that looked as if they would go a long way towards deciding the game.
The tempo of the game was remarkable slow considering the circumstances and the occasion and neither side seemed able to create any sort of penetration behind the other’s defence.
Sevilla did grow into the game as the minutes ticked on however and they peppered the United box with crosses, none of which came to anything.
The Old Trafford crowd seemed restless as their team looked content soaking up the pressure from the Spanish side, and the tie teetered on a knife-edge with nobody taking hold of the game.
While Romelu Lukaku cut an isolated figure up top at times, the Belgian international did well with his hold-up play in general and slowly began to bring the likes of Marcus Rashford into the game.
It was Sevilla who had the next big chance however and it fell to Luis Muriel.
The striker picked up the ball just outside the box, driving down the left channel and dragging a shot back across goal that trickled just wide of the post.
The squandered opportunity seemed to spark Manchester United into life however and they finally started to attack the visitors’ final third, lifting the Old Trafford crowd and giving themselves some confidence.
In terms of manufacturing good chances the home side still struggled however and they seemed to be playing very conservatively, not utilising the pace of Rashford and Alexis Sanchez.
Eventually it was Marouane Fellaini who went closest for Jose Mourinho’s side, slamming a shot into the palms of Sergio Rico from the left hand side of the box, but hardly troubling the Spaniard.
It was difficult to tell what Jose Mourinho had instructed his players to do in the first half, but they went into the break still stuck in a 0-0 stalemate.
In the end it took a tactical substitution from Vincenzo Montella to finally break the deadlock and it was Wissam Ben Yedder who grabbed the crucial goal.
A smart pass from Pablo Sarabia split the Manchester United defence and put the French striker through, allowing him to turn past Smalling and curl a beautiful shot past De Gea and into the corner of the net. It was a stunning moment for the visitors and one that put them in pole position to progress to the quarter-finals.
With a few minutes to go United received a lifeline as Lukaku slammed in a shot from close range following a corner, and the final minutes became a backs-to-the-wall defensive effort from the visitors. Despite the home side’s best efforts it was Sevilla who came out on top, holding on for their first ever win in England in the Champions League.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia (Mata, 77’), Bailly, Smalling, Young, Fellaini (Pogba, 60’), Matic, Lingard (Martial, 77’), Sanchez, Rashford, Lukaku
Sevilla: Rico, Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Banega, Sarabia, Vazquez (Pizarro, 87’), Correa (Geis, 89’), Muriel (Ben Yedder, 72’)
Goals: Ben Yedder (0-1, 74’), Ben Yedder (0-2, 78’), Lukaku (1-2, 84’)
Referee: Danny Makkelie
Yellow Cards: Banega (5’), Ben Yedder (79’), Correa (88’), Sarabia (90’), Rashford (90+3’)
Red Cards: None
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Valencia 6 (Mata n/a), Bailly 7, Smalling 5.5, Young 6, Fellaini 6 (Pogba), Matic 6, Lingard 5.5 (Martial n/a), Sanchez 5, Rashford 6, Lukaku 7.5
Sevilla: Rico 7, Mercado 7, Kjaer 7, Lenglet 8, Escudero 6, N’Zonzi 6, Banega 7, Sarabia 7, Vazquez 6 (Pizarro n/a), Correa 7 (Geis n/a), Muriel 5.5 (Ben Yedder 9)
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