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Manchester United crash out of Champions League

14 March 2018

Jose Mourinho attempted to play down the significance of Manchester United's exit from the Champions League as former players turned television pundits savaged his side's limp display against Sevilla.

But two second half goals from Sevilla's Wassim Ben Yedder at Old Trafford had United on the ropes and ultimately it was the La Liga club who prevailed 2-1 on aggregate with the home side only offering a consolation from Romelu Lukaku, leaving Manchester United out of the Champions League.

"I've sat in this chair twice before with Porto, Manchester United out, and Real Madrid, Manchester United out, so I don't think it's anything new for the club", said Mourinho, who bristled at questions over his tactical approach. "I don't want to make a drama out of this defeat. This is football and we have to accept that".

The 36-year-old midfielder confirmed on Monday that he will bring the curtains down on his football career at the end of the season.

Was he happy that United managed just four shots on target over the two legs.

"The second goal made it impossible".

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Jose Mourinho must pick up the pieces after Man United's Sevilla shambles

However, it was wayward finishing rather than the Spanish number one that prevented the visitors making the most of their ascendency for most of the match. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.

United continued to be sloppy on the ball, Pogba curling a 72nd-minute effort narrowly wide, but it was a Sevilla substitute who came up with the opener.

However, even the Frenchman couldn't kickstart the hosts and they were eventually made to pay.

Last month David De Gea saved United's blushes as they escaped Andalusia with a goalless draw, but Vincenzo Montella's men did not allow another undercooked display to go unpunished last night. "We are not the only team that invests money in players".

Things would get worse for United just moments later as Sevilla doubled their lead courtesy of some slack defending from a corner, which allowed an unmarked Ben Yedder to get a header on target at the far post, and though De Gea got a hand to the ball, it cannoned back off the crossbar and over the line.

"To keep going and try to get through to the quarter-final would be great for us".

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Manchester United crash out of Champions League