It wasn’t to be for Manchester United, who crashed out of the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla.
Jose Mourinho’s side had the advantage heading into the contest – a victory by any scoreline would have been enough to see his side through to the quarter-final – but Man United produced a lacklustre performance and were undone by two goals from Wissam Ben Yedder.
The Sevilla striker came off the bench to score a brace in the second half that left the Red Devils requiring three goals. They were only able to manage just one, Romelu Lukaku scoring what would turn out to be nothing more than a consolation goal.
Mourinho admitted before the contest that his Man United team wasn’t the strongest remaining in the competition but he will have expected more fight from his players at Old Trafford last night.
But they simply weren’t at the races, with the FA Cup now serving as Man United’s only opportunity for silverware this season.
Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, on punditry duty for BT Sport, didn’t hold back in their analysis, slamming United’s players for producing an insipid performance in such a huge match.
Gerrard described both Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford as “poor” while Ferdinand pointed to a Sevilla player as evidence of just how bad Man United played.
What Rio Ferdinand said about Steven N’Zonzi
Steven N’Zonzi produced a superb display in the middle of the pitch, controlling the match with ease, and Ferdinand explained how watching the 29-year-old served as an “embarrassment” to Man United.
“N’Zonzi, he’s played in the Premier League with Stoke, Blackburn, he’s come in tonight and he was the best player on the pitch,” Ferdinand said.
“He’s run the show and he hasn’t even broke into a sweat at Old Trafford.
“Now that should be an embarrassment in itself, not that he’s not a good player, but for a player to not even break sweat and dominate midfield the way he did…”
N’Zonzi has proven throughout three seasons in Spain that he’s a class player but United afforded him the time to dictate proceedings last night.
He capped off his performance with a move on Anthony Martial that left the United forward eating grass.