Manchester United have been knocked out of the Europa League in another semi final, with their continental exit at the hands of the competitions darlings Sevilla.
The Spanish side have made a habit of winning Europe’s second tier competition and will have a chance to do so again after defeating United.
The loss means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been to three semi-finals and been defeated, they suffered defeats to Manchester City in the League Cup and Chelsea in the FA Cup to go with their Europa League disappointment.
United took the lead early with their 22nd penalty of the season – the most for any club in Europe’s top five leagues – as Bruno Fernandes cooly dispatched the spot kick into the top corner in the 9th minute.
Sevilla managed to pull back an equaliser in the 26th minute as Fernández Saez put the ball past David De Gea at the back post.
United dominated much of the second but their inability to finish off their work one again let Sevilla hang on to hope as the game grew.
Luuk de Jong swept home a cross from former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas with 12 minutes left. United were punished for poor defending as De Jong got in-between Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The goal led to friction between United’s stars as Fernandes confronted Lindelof in the aftermath.
Solskjaer spoke about his teams need to add quality to the squad in the transfer window.
“We need to spend money if we are going to get players in that are better than the ones we have now.”
Sevilla are set to face Inter Milan in the Europa League Final, Saturday morning AEST.