Two late personal objectives gave Manchester United work to do to succeed in the Europa League semi-finals as Sevilla salvaged a 2-2 draw from the primary leg of their quarter-final tie at Old Trafford on Thursday.
United seemed to be cruising to victory by means of two objectives from Marcel Sabitzer contained in the opening 21 minutes.
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But the lack of centre-backs Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez to harm proved expensive as Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire deflected balls into their very own web within the last six minutes plus stoppage time.
United may even must cope with out Bruno Fernandes for the second leg on April 20 after he picked up a yellow card that results in a suspension.
The dwelling facet had been with out 28-goal high scorer Marcus Rashford as a result of harm, however nonetheless made gentle work of the Spaniards earlier than half-time as Sabitzer struck twice.
The Austrian midfielder had scored solely as soon as for United in 12 earlier appearances, however twice pierced by means of the Sevilla defence with well-timed runs and composed finishes.
Anthony Martial’s return for harm is a well timed increase for Erik ten Hag with Rashford set to be sidelined for a number of weeks.
Marcel Sabitzer surprised with two objectives in seven minutes. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
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The Frenchman has been a peripheral determine for the reason that Dutchman took cost, however Ten Hag mentioned on the eve of the sport that his facet play their finest soccer with Martial up entrance.
So it proved within the opening quarter as Martial had a hand in each of Sabitzer’s objectives.
Martial’s hold-up play finally noticed the ball labored to Fernandes, who fired a ball into Sabitzer’s ft and the on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder coolly slotted previous Bono.
Just a number of moments later Sabitzer had his second. Martial was this time the creator with an ideal move by means of for Sabitzer to once more go away Bono within the Sevilla aim with no likelihood.
Casemiro’s first look for almost a month as a result of a four-game Premier League ban added authority to the United midfield and the Brazilian ought to have marked the event with a aim after extra good strategy play by Martial.
Sevilla are combating a relegation battle in La Liga and it confirmed till a late flurry as they solely briefly threatened to convey the tie to life.
Sevilla have a good time a last-gasp winner. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Tanguy Nianzou’s highly effective header in first-half stoppage time was saved by David De Gea earlier than Varane accomplished the clearance off the road.
Antony got here closest to including to United’s lead within the second half when the winger struck the within of the publish with Fernandes begging for a move in a greater place.
Malacia also needs to have completed higher when teed up by Wout Weghorst in acres of house contained in the Sevilla field.
Ten Hag confirmed his ideas had been already turning to a visit to Nottingham Forest within the Premier League on Sunday as Fernandes and Martial made approach within the last half-hour.
That resolution proved expensive as Malacia dallied to permit Jesus Navas to pounce contained in the United field, the previous Manchester City winger’s cross deflecting off the Dutch left-back to wrong-foot De Gea.
De Gea then produced an excellent save to disclaim Youssef En-Nesyri an equaliser. But United’s reprieve solely lasted seconds as one other En-Nesyri header cannoned off Maguire and into the web within the 92nd minute.
FULL EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS
Juventus 1-0 Sporting
Manchester United 2-2 Sevilla
Feyenoord 1-0 Roma
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1- Union Saint-Gilloise
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