Manchester United dig their own grave after switching off late in the game. Manchester United dissipate a two goal lead against Sevilla conceding two own goals through Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire.
In a dramatic turn of events, Manchester United denied themselves to be on the the driving seat when they travel to Sevilla next week for the return leg of UEFA Europa League quarter finals.
Erik ten hag’s men came in as favorites at the Old Trafford, Red Devils started brightly as Jadon Sancho found the net just after 27 seconds but it was ruled offside.
Casemiro was back in the squad after missing the last Premier League game due to suspension, ETH initially went with 4-2-3-1 with Bruno Fernandes moving in from deep with Casemiro allowing Sabitzer to move freely as no 10. Also read:Euro 2028 Bids, UK and Ireland Submit Final Bid, Reveal 10 Shortlisted Host Stadium
United broke the deadlock through a Bruno Fernandes pass to Sabitzer in the 15th minute, a sublime finish with two touches. The Bayern loanee had a superb game as he quickfired another in the 21st minute, well timed run met with an delicate first touch finish.
United came into the second half with the same tempo wanting to extend their lead but nobody came as close as Antony in the 60th minute, he wiggled in the Sevilla box and hit the woodwork attempting for a curler. A little South American tussle was seen between Antony (Brazil) and Acuna (Argentina) down the flank.
Currently Sevilla are going through their worst season in the 21st century, they were down and out as United took the command after a Sabitzer brace. Sevilla tried to exploit through the right flank as Tyrell Malacia was seen struggling in the entire match.
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In the 84th minute, Navas tried to cut back a beautiful diagonal ball from Fernando which diverted into the goal through David De Gea’s legs and Sevilla found themselves back in the game. In the final ten minutes pressure kept coming in from Sevilla as they hoped for a comeback, their hope soon got rewarded in the injury time as Harry Maguire’s big deflection ended up in the net, En-Nesyri won the header which was going far wide.
The game ended in 2-2 as United couldn’t hang onto their first half lead. This might be United’s most momentous point in the season as Erik ten hag’s injury list has two more names in it now Varane and Lisandro Martinez.
After the match Erik ten hag said: “We conceded two own goals – that is bad luck. We have to deal with it, we have to learn, we have to kill the game but everything is still open for the next game.”
On the injuries to Martinez and Varane: “It doesn’t look that great but we have to wait but I can’t say at this moment. The same with Varane, I haven’t spoken with him after the game, but that is an injury he’s been complaining about over the last couple of weeks so we have to see how it’s now.”
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