Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Champions League: Sevilla coach lauds players after win vs Manchester United

Champions League: Sevilla coach lauds players after win vs Manchester United

With United 16 points behind the Premier League's runaway leaders Manchester City, the FA Cup is Mourinho's last chance of claiming silverware in his second season at the club.

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho walks to the dressing room aft half time during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Roma progressed past the Ukrainian giants with a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, to make the aggregate score 2-2 and seal progression via the away goals rule.

"I'm very, very happy, it's awesome 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", Montella told reporters after the match.

Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United can have "no excuse" for their shock elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Sevilla on Tuesday night. So this is nothing new for this football club.

Suddenly the FA Cup, where United face Brighton in their quarter-final at Old Trafford on Saturday, takes on a little more significance.

"It's not the end of the world", he said.

"If you don't turn up with the right attitude and don't apply yourself then you will get beat - don't care what you have done or how good you have been before", he said on Twitter.

"I don't remember a unsafe situation for them, it was a good controlled performance by them without any danger".

Asked what has to change now to get United into the top-eight teams in Europe, Mourinho retorted: "Everything".

"I don't have regrets", the United boss.

He then admitted after the game that the first goal scored with 18 minutes left to play rattled his side.

It's true that Sevilla haven't had the best of seasons, and the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Eibar, Real Betis and Spartak Moscow have put five past them in 2017/18. "I have lost and clearly, I have made mistakes".

"There are players in that squad to play good attacking football with the money that's been spent", said former United midfielder Paul Scholes, also part of the team that won the 2008 Champions League. It's not just changing for changing sake, it's a natural process.

A scoreless first leg against United at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan was followed up by a goalless first half in Manchester and the game looked destined for extra time before Montella threw on French striker Wissam Ben Yedder in the 72nd minute.

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