Substitute Ben Yedder scored two goals within six minutes of coming on as Sevilla sent Manchester United crashing out of the UEFA Champions League in their 2-1 second leg win at Old Trafford, England on Tuesday night.
Yedder who had scored eight goals in eight matches proved why he is Sevilla’s most lethal threat in the competition. In the 74th minute, he pounced on a through ball after running in between United’s two central defenders and steered the ball past David De Gea to the right side of the goal.
United were stunned by the goal and mediocre defending put the already herculean task of a comeback beyond reach. In the 78th minute, an unmarked Joaquin Correa flicked on a corner from the left wing for Yedder to head towards De Gea. The United goalkeeper did brilliantly to keep it out but the ball managed to roll just inside the goal line.
What ensued was a frantic attempt by United to try and salvage an the seemingly sinking ship with about 12 minutes of regular time left to play. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for the hosts in the 84th minute with an acrobatic volley from close range following a corner from Marcus Rashford.
It was then an all-out attack from United who desperately needed two goals to progress and this exposed them at the back. Yedder should have finished off United on the break when he was through on goal with only the on form De Gea to beat. The striker could not get his hat trick as his weak effort was saved by the stretched leg of De Gea.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the home side who just mustered two shots on target in a rather subdued first half. Jose Mourinho surprisingly opted to start Marouane Fellaini alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield ahead of Paul Pogba and the on form Scott McTominay.
The gamble didn’t pay off as Fellaini could only force a save off Sergio Rico in the 38th minute after being set up by Alexis Sanchez. Manchester United realistically only have the F.A Cup as their only chance of silverware and face Brighton & Hove Albion in the quarter-finals on Saturday.