We did our best but lost, that’s football- Mourinho

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Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho insists that his team did put up a good performance during their home defeat to Sevilla, which knocked them out of the UEFA Champions League.

The Red Devils held the Spanish giants to a goalless draw away, but failed to take advantage of their home ground on Tuesday night as they fell 2-1 to crash out of the competition.

“I don’t think the performance was bad. I did my best, the players did their best. We tried, we lost and that’s football,” the Portuguese manager said after the loss.

United went behind deep into the second half when substitute Wissam Ben Yedder came in to break the deadlock with a precise finish.

He then squeezed a header past David de Gea and under the crossbar moments later to leave United with too much to do, as an 84th-minute goal by Romelu Lukaku could not make a difference.

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“The way we started was positive,” Mourinho continued.

“After 10 to 15 minutes, Sevilla has a good team and can hide the ball in midfield. They tried to do it and did it for the majority of the time in the first half. It was good controlled performance from them without any danger.

“We had chances to score and again in the second half we had chances but the first goal would always change the direction of the game.

“Sometimes I’m lucky with changes but it was a good move by Vincenzo Montella to bring Wissam Ben Yedder on. When they scored the first goal the game was completely different.”

With the victory, the Spanish side have reached only their second ever European Cup quarter-final.


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