“Manchester United crash out of Europa League with dismal defeat to Sevilla


Manchester United crashed out of the Europa League in disappointing fashion on Thursday night as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sevilla in the quarter-finals.

The Spanish side took the lead after just eight minutes when Youssef En-Nesyri capitalized on a mistake from United captain Harry Maguire. The centre-back failed to clear a cross, and the Moroccan striker was on hand to finish with ease.

Sevilla doubled their advantage midway through the second half when defender Loic Bade rose highest to head home a cross from the left-hand side. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but VAR correctly overruled the decision.

United, who had barely threatened throughout the game, had a chance to get back into the tie when Bruno Fernandes won a penalty with just under 20 minutes remaining. However, the Portuguese midfielder saw his effort saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.

The miss proved costly, as En-Nesyri added his second of the night just a few minutes later, latching onto a mistake from United goalkeeper David de Gea to tap home and complete the victory.

It was a desperately disappointing night for United, who never really got going in the game. The defeat means that they will end the season without any silverware, and puts pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a crucial period of fixtures.

United face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, before a key Premier League match against Tottenham on 27 April. They currently sit second in the table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, and will need to win their remaining games to have any chance of catching their rivals.

For Sevilla, it was a superb performance and a deserved victory. They will now face Juventus in the semi-finals, with the first leg taking place on 11 May.

The defeat will be a bitter pill to swallow for United fans, who had hoped that this could be the year that they ended their four-year trophy drought. However, it was not to be, and Solskjaer will need to regroup his players ahead of the crucial games to come.


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