It is said 0-0 in the first leg is a dangerous score, but Manchester United made it doubly so with an uninspired, cautious display that ended in humiliation on their home turf. Sevilla scored twice in a second-half that exposed the limitations of this team, certainly the limitations went sent out to play in such an unimaginative way.
Marcus Rashford, alone, and even them only sporadically, showed the determination to run at the Spaniards, to challenge them in wide positions. The rest was mediocre in the extreme. Wayward, long balls. Ponderous, slow play. Attack, attack, attack, shouted the far.
Sevilla did, finally locating their range after a serious of wild attempts, to send United stumbling out of the competition, disoriented, humbled. At least they can concentrate on coming second now.
It is fitting that an attacking substitution changed the game. Wissam Ben Yedder has been Sevilla’s top scorer in Europe this season but hasn’t started either tie against United. Introduced with 18 minutes remaining here, he changed the game.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Manchester United (4-1-4-1): De Gea 6; Valencia 6 (Mata 77), Bailly 6, Smalling 6, Young 6; Matic 6; Rashford 6, Fellaini 6 (Pogba 60, 5), Lingard 6 (Martial 77), Sanchez 5; Lukaku 6.5
Subs not used: Romero, Lindelof, Darmian, McTominay
Goal: Lukaku 84
Manager: Jose Mourinho 5
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Rico 6; Mercado 6.5, Kjaer 7.5, Lenglet 7, Escudero 7; Nzonzi 8, Banega 7; Sarabia 7, Vazquez 6.5 (Pizarro 87), Correa 8 (Geis 89); Muriel 6 (Ben Yedder 72, 8.5)
Subs not used: Soria, Pizarro, Pareja, Nolito, Arana
Goals: Ben Yedder 74, 78
Bookings: Banega, Sarabia, Correa, Ben Yedder
Manager: Vincenzo Montella 8
Referee: Danny Makkelie 5.
His first goal came after two minutes of involvement, in which time his movement was already having an impact. It was a superbly taken goal. Pablo Sarabia picked him out through the middle and Ben Yedder held off the defensive attention to bury the ball at David De Gea’s left post. Statistics show how difficult that is this season.
The next, the killer, was a little less perfect but not less effective, a header at the back post after losing Ashley Young that De Gea scrambled to clear but was judged correctly to have crossed the line.