Manchester United (England) suffered defeat in the quarterfinals of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL). The opponent was strong enough to be called the ‘Europa’s King’, and there were injuries and bad news, but apart from this, he destroyed himself with shocking performance and disappointed the fans.
Man United was completely defeated by Sevilla (Spain) 0-3 메이저놀이터 in the second leg of the 2022-2023 season UEL quarterfinals held at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain on the 21st (Korean time). Man United, who was pushed 2-5 on the combined score, was eliminated from advancing to the semifinals.
In the first game, despite multi-goals by loanee Marcel Sabitzer, Manchester United’s time bomb collapsed in a series of own goals from Tyral Malacia and Harry Maguire at the end of the second half was inside again this time.
There was an element of anxiety. In the first leg, the center back duo Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez left side by side with injuries. Those who missed the league schedule during the week were not listed in the starting lineup on this day either.
The defensive combination was Maguire and Victor Lindelof. Maguire’s position has narrowed since last season, causing anxiety due to poor performance, but concerns have become a reality.
As Sevilla applied strong pressure from the front, the defense was stumped. Maguire, who received a pass from goalkeeper David de Gea during the build-up process in the 8th minute of the first half, took the ball away from Eric Lamela near the penalty box. Youssef En-Nesiri finished with ease.
Not only Maguire, who lost the ball, but also passed him, who was not in a relaxed situation, and Hea’s share was also a concession. The two caused discord even after that. Call play was not done well, so we ran towards the ball at the same time, and reactions mixed with dissatisfaction with each other appeared during the game.
Even in the early part of the second half, Manchester United, who conceded a goal due to De Gea’s rather unfortunate judgment, completely collapsed in the 36th minute of the second half. This time, it was clear De Gea’s mistake. The pass came over at once from the Sevilla camp, and De Gea, who had been moving forward for a while, ran to block it. However, as he failed to properly kick the ball, it once again drifted to Ennesiri. En Nesiri scored an accurate shot into an empty goal post.
The frustrating attack power was not noticeable. He threw shockwaves beyond a simple quarterfinal elimination with self-destruction on defense.
The Spanish La Liga club phobia also continued. Manchester United has recently met La Liga teams for six consecutive seasons and suffered the pain of falling out of the European club competition. In particular, against Sevilla, the relationship with the natural enemy continued with 2 draws and 3 losses.
On the other hand, Sevilla, which won the Europa League six times, boasted its strength once again. It reminded me of the good memories of winning the UEL final after defeating Manchester United in the 2019-2020 season. This season, two coaches were sacked due to poor grades, finishing 13th in the league, but Sevilla was different on the UEL stage.
Meanwhile, in the second leg of the quarterfinals, Juventus (Italy) drew 1-1 with Sporting (Portugal) and clashed with Sevilla in the semifinals with a total score of 2-1 in the first and second legs.
AS Roma (Italy), who lost 0-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals, defeated Feyenoord (Netherlands) 4-1 after an extra-long battle and advanced to the semifinals with a total score of 4-2 in the first and second leg. The opponent is Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), who defeated Saint-Giloise (Belgium) 5-2 in total in the first and second games.