Jose Mourinho expecting "very difficult" second-leg tie

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"They scored goals in Liverpool, drew the match in Liverpool".

The Andalusian supporters are looking forward to the clash with Man United, pushing aside the memory of three recent unsuccessful attempts to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. We had unsafe situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score.

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. And as in the first leg, Sevilla created the best chances.

With Nemanja Matic alone in the defensive midfield role, Fellaini was all over the midfield in his usual aggressive fashion but provided little composure or balance.

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola: "He is one of the best holding midfielders I've ever seen in my life by far". Somehow Fellaini avoided a yellow card but he gave way to Pogba in the 60th minute.

Liverpool need to become "more streetwise", says John Aldridge, with Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp's ball-playing side "too honest for their own good".

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"The United player had time to get his arm out of the way and that was a clear spot kick for me, but Liverpool should not blame the referee for what was a awful defeat". However, Sevilla could advance with a draw if they score an away goal.

And Mourinho, speaking at a press conference ahead of the meeting with Vincenzo Montella's side, noted that Tuesday night - as well as Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final with Brighton and Hove Albion - will define the rest of United's season.

The 36-year-old is the longest-serving player at the club, having joined from Tottenham in 2006 and gone on to win the Champions League and five Premier League titles, among many other trophies.

The match finally kicked into action in the 72nd minute when Montella replaced Luis Muriel with Ben Yedder, who had cooled dramatically from his incredible early season form.

The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal. That changed 87 seconds later when he found a way past de Gea, who made eight saves in the first leg.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back in the game's closing minutes, but the damage had been done and Sevilla held on for the victory and passage to the last eight. But the Frenchman's injury before the game turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. Was that acceptable for a club of United's stature?

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