Sevilla “played the game of their lives”, but a Manchester United legend...

Sevilla “played the game of their lives”, but a Manchester United legend is displeased


Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella has heaped praise on his team after they sprung a surprise to knock Manchester United out of the Champions League.

Substitute Yasin Ben Yedder was the hero for the Spanish side as his brace handed the visitors a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, in a tie where the Red Devils were heavily favoured.

And following the match, Montella relished in the opportunity to celebrate the victory.

“I’m very, very happy, it’s amazing we’ve won in this very special stadium and the first time in 60 years we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” he told his post-match press conference.

“I have some very happy players who have got Sevilla in their soul and in their heart. All the players were fantastic, they played the game of their lives.

“Even though we didn’t create chances in the first half we put in a good performance. I felt we were in control possession wise and we gave them very little opportunity to get close to our goal.

“In the second half I’m pleased Ben Yedder turned things around and it was he who made the difference. He was decisive and finished well on two occasions.”

Despite progressing to the quarter-finals, Montella admitted it will be difficult for his side to win the competition – while also booking a place in next season’s tournament due to their placing in La Liga, outside the top four.

“We were risky against Valencia and paid by losing that game,” he said. “However, tonight we were every effective and it was a totally different style of play and I’m happy we managed to turn things around.

“Everything is difficult! I think it’s just as hard catching Valencia or getting to the final. There are two more rounds before the final so let’s talk about the quarters before we talk about the final!

“I’m not thinking about the next opponent, whether it be Italian or whoever, I’m just enjoying this moment.”

Meanwhile, United great Rio Ferdinand was scathing of the Red Devils’ performance.

“They were terrible,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport following the match.

“I didn’t see this result coming, especially after the game against Liverpool [United winning 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday], the way they played.

“They looked like a team thrown together, full of strangers. They played nervous and cautious from the beginning.

“In these games, you’ve got to go and take the game by the scruff of the neck. That takes personality, takes character in this stadium.

“You have to give the fans something to shout about. This stadium was quiet and that’s down to the players on the pitch.”

Ferdinand was particularly displeased by Alexix Sanchez, who he described as a “shadow”.

“Sanchez looks a shadow of the player he was,” he added.

“At Arsenal he was the player everyone looked to for inspiration. Here he looks like a stranger in this team.

“When you go to a [new] team and play, you don’t lose all your talent. That’s what it seems like at the moment. In some ways I feel sorry for him.

“You could name him and the whole XI. The whole XI today were shocking.”