Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League tonight after a 1-2 loss at home to Sevilla. In truth, the Red Devils were second best throughout as the Spanish opposition were not greatly troubled at any stage.
José Mourinho’s outfit lacked a spark, and with no creativity in the side, they never looked like scoring when the game was in the balance.
This made some of the pre-match confidence at Old Trafford seem ill-placed, as United were nowhere near good enough to qualify for the Champions League quarter-final.
Speaking before the game, Rio Ferdinand was in a bullish mood.
“They’ve got to come out fighting, they’ve got to come out on the front foot, take the game to this Sevilla side. They can’t come out here and be conservative. They need to make sure they give this crowd something to shout about for starters, to push them over the line.
“You don’t want to pay too much respect to them, they don’t deserve it, they’re not good enough for Manchester United to sit back…”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 13, 2018
Sevilla now await a Champions League quarter-final, and they’ll be in the draw alongside Liverpool, Man City, and possibly Chelsea if the Pensioners can progress in the Nou Camp tomorrow night. Meanwhile, United must focus on securing a top four finish and having a crack at the FA Cup.