Sevilla 2-1 Man Utd: 6 talking points as Red Devils crash out in semis again

Man Utd crashed out at the semi-final stage of the Europa League after losing 2-1 to Sevilla in Germany.

The Red Devils flew into an early lead after they were awarded their 22nd penalty of the season.

Marcus Rashford was fouled late in the box before Bruno Fernandes expertly placed the spot kick into the top corner following his trademark 'skip' run-up.

Their lead didn't last long though as Sevilla were soon level through Suso's 26th-minute equaliser from Sergio Reguilon's cross.

United had plenty of chances but the one that count fell to Luuk de Jong who had the simple task of finishing Jesus Navas' cross to send Sevilla through.

Here are the talking points.

1. Semi-final hoodoo strikes again

United's semi-final hoodoo struck again as they failed to progress past the last four for the third time this season.

After elimination at the same stage in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup earlier in the campaign United will have been hoping it was more a case of third time lucky.

Sadly it wasn't to be.

Despite dominating much of the match they were left shell-shocked when de Jong pounced to end their hopes of silverware.

So close, but still so far.

2. Wasteful United

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must have been wishing he could throw himself on to finish some of the chances his side were spurning.

United had so many opportunities in front of goal – 20 in total – but just could not find their shooting boots.

It didn't help that they were met by another in-form goalkeeper in Sevilla's Bono who kept them out with several good stops – mainly during a frantic flurry at the start of the second half.

Eventually their wastefulness came back to bite them as Sevilla got one chance and made it count to send United packing.

3. Fantastic Fernandes

 

There are no shortage of plaudits for Bruno Fernandes but on this performance he again showed just why he has quickly become United's talisman.

The Portuguese midfielder was at the centre of everything United did going forward.

His composure and finish for the penalty was simply exceptional.

United could have been two-up soon after when Fernandes burst forward and slid Fred through, only for his shot to go wide.

Sevilla just couldn't contain him. He was a bundle of energy from start to finish and played every second with a huge grin on his face.

United have landed a real gem.

4. Outflanked

 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams had their work cut out down both flanks as Sevilla outnumbered them and caused some real danger.

United's narrow midfield allowed the Spanish side licence to push their full-backs on to support on the overlap.

That's exactly where their first goal came from as Reguilon left Wan-Bissaka for dead before squaring for Suso, who Williams was completely oblivious to in behind him.

Wan-Bissaka's evening was made slightly the easier when Lucas Ocampos was replaced before the hour, but Reguilon still gave him a torrid time.

On the other flank Williams then failed to get close enough to stop the cross which de Jong duly put away to break United hearts.

5. Shocking marking

While United were left lamenting their composure in front of goal, the defending for Sevilla's winner was abysmal.

WIlliams allowed the cross to come in far too easily, but it was the roles of his fellow members of the back four which were more of a concern.

Neither Harry Maguire nor Victor Lindelof had even considered getting tight to de Jong, who was left completely free.

Wan-Bissaka too failed to either inform his teammates or snuff out the danger himself and they were punished.

Shocking.

6. Solskjaer's De Gea gamble

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took a big gamble on a huge night for the club by recalling his no.1 for the semi-final.

Sergio Romero had played nine of United's 11 Europa League matches this season but was dropped to the bench in favour of David de Gea.

Given de Gea's erratic form this season it was a bold call from Solskjaer but his goalkeeper did not disappoint.

The Spaniard could do little about the goals and was otherwise solid between the sticks, while Romero may have played his last game for the club.

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