Erik ten Hag will have been left angry after Manchester United lost 3-0 to Sevilla on Thursday and one of the opposition’s most senior players has rubbed salt in the wounds by saying how the victory is like any other win for his team.
Man Utd looked to be in a dominant position in the first leg at Old Trafford as a Marcel Sabitzer brace put them 2-0 up. However, late own goals from Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire shockingly handed Sevilla a route back into the tie.
Incredibly, things got much worse for Ten Hag’s men in the second leg. They were dumped out of the Europa League as Sevilla picked up a convincing win at home, largely helped by Man Utd’s frailty at the back.
David de Gea gave the ball to Harry Maguire in a dangerous position and the Man Utd skipper lost it, allowing Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri to score in the eighth minute.
Loic Bade doubled Sevilla’s advantage by heading home from a corner. Man Utd’s terrible night was then summed up by an awful mistake from De Gea.
He tried to control a long ball up from Sevilla but only managed to play the ball into En-Nesyri’s path, and the striker finished to round off a memorable Sevilla triumph.
The Spanish outfit, who are languishing in 13th in the La Liga table, are aiming to win the Europa League for the fifth time since 2013.
Man Utd, meanwhile, will now have to focus on finishing in the Premier League’s top four and winning the FA Cup.
Sevilla player piles more misery on Man Utd
During a post-match interview with Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla ace Ivan Rakitic humiliated Man Utd further by saying how the win was ‘just another night’ for his side.
“All of us who know Sevilla, it’s hard to say, but we know it’s just another night,” he said. “This crowd have given us so much glory and joy. And if the referee had played for fifteen more minutes, that would have been welcome too.”
He added: “It’s a victory for all of us, we’ve been through a lot during the year and we deserve it.”
Rakitic also praised the fans for making the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium such an intimidating place.
“You can see the emotion of desire, of fighting,” he declared. “The atmosphere was noticeable. Rarely have I received so many messages before a game. It’s no coincidence.
“We’ve reached the semi-finals, it’s no big deal. We’re going to face Juventus, who are one of the favourites. So, let’s fight and continue doing our thing.”
The dire defeat to Sevilla will have shown Ten Hag once again that he needs to perform some major surgery on the Man Utd squad this summer.
The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Maguire and Victor Lindelof could be sold, which would create much-needed funds for some big arrivals.