Romelu Lukaku gutted as Man United crash out of Europe and players go “hiding” against Sevilla

Romelu Lukaku gutted as Man United crash out of Europe and players go “hiding” against Sevilla

Some of Manchester United’s star players were “hiding” in the club’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against Sevilla.

The Reds were knocked out on Tuesday night after a woeful performance over two legs where United had just four shots on target and failed to take the game to a poor Sevilla side at any point in the two legs.

Lukaku grabbed a goal late on for Man United at Old Trafford after Ben Yedder had struck twice off the substitutes bench.

A defeat would have been disappointing, but the manner of the defeat and the attitude of the players on the pitch made it a horrible watch.

“Some things were flawed with some players, some players were hiding,” Lukaku told BT Sport, one of the only players willing to face the media after.

“The deception was really big, because you know I think we started the game well, and then we started to let them have control in the game. 

“Then we had a few half chances but we didn’t really score, and then they scored the first goal. 

“From that moment on we tried to chase the game and they scored the second one which was a big blow. At the end we kept pushing but it was not enough.”

United hardly pushed with great vigour even after Sevilla’s goal. There was some intent, and it saw Lukaku net his fifth Champions League goal, but once that had gone in, the tempo dropped once more.

Jose Mourinho’s side were sent out with the wrong instructions, there’s little disagreement regarding that. Yet the performances of some players were shocking. Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were unexplainably wasteful in possession.

“We should have done better because the bit of quality we have in the team, we should have went through,” Lukaku continued. “We didn’t deserve it because we weren’t good enough.”

“We should have scored earlier, maybe in the first-half with the half chances we created, The last pass today was not good enough,” the Belgian lamented.

“We always get in the right position but the ball to each other was not good enough, and that is what killed us today.”

Lukaku admitted the dressing room was a very quiet place after the defeat.

“Not hiding, but I mean in the dressing room, because some people were disappointed with the result because we expected better from ourselves,” he explained.

“We know we have a lot of quality in the team but today we didn’t show it. So, it was difficult for us. We have to bounce back, we have one trophy to chase, and that’s the FA Cup. 

“But we wanted to go very far in the Champions League because that’s what a club like Manchester United need to do, and we didn’t do it today so we’re very disappointed.”

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