Manchester United suffer a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Sevilla, ending their Europa League run. Manager Erik ten Hag blasts his team's lack of fight.
|Over and out! Manchester United players rue a horrific night after their errors handed goals to Sevilla in their second-leg encounter on Thursday. Sevilla won 3-0. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The holy month of Ramadan came to an end, but not for free for the players and fans of Manchester United, as the club’s run in the Europa League came to an end following an embarrassing night away at Sevilla.
Manchester United played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford last week and knew it would be a daunting task in Seville.
But with a gulf in squad quality, many would have expected United to come out on top in the second leg.
The 2-2 draw at Old Trafford saw two unforced errors from Harry Maguire and Tyrel Malacia, both scoring own goals to level matters.
And in the second leg, David De Gea and Maguire conspired to conjure errors that handed goals to the hosts.
Bruno Fernandes was booked at Old Trafford, which ruled him out of the Sevilla game.
And the absence of Lisandro Martinez and Rafael Varane forced the return of Maguire.
But Marcus Rashford was fit to make the bench, and he was subsequently brought on when the need arose.
Maguire’s error early on led to Sevilla’s opener, as Youssef En-Neysri capitalised on the United captain’s wayward pass to fire past De Gea.
Luis Ocampos thought he had made it 2-0 late in the half, but a VAR review ruled it offside.
Loic Bade gave Sevilla a great start to the second half with a goal just two minutes after the restart, and it went completely away from United.
De Gea’s horrendous clearance handed En-Neysri an open goal with just nine minutes to go, and the Moroccan obliged to make it 3-0.
Erik Ten Hag blasts his team
A furious Ten Hag blasted his team for their lack of fight and branded the result "unacceptable," with the club now facing a top-four battle in the Premier League as well as a shot at the FA Cup.
"I have to acknowledge the lack of fight; it's the truth; it's hard, it's tough; it's the truth, and it can't be -- it's unacceptable," Ten Hag told a news conference.
"We have shown in the past we can quickly bounce back; we have done it many times this season, but we have to start games better, with more desire and more composure on the ball. When you get a setback, you have to deal with it and carry on.
"Tonight we were not good enough. It was obvious; it was clear. We did not match the standards you can expect from a Manchester United team."