Manchester United blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in their Europa League quarter-final clash at Old Trafford, in what can only be described as a disaster for the English side.
The game was marred by injuries to United’s key defensive duo, Raphael Varane and Axel Martinez, which added to the mounting woes for the Red Devils.
Despite the setback, United will take some comfort from their impressive run in the competition so far. They have already seen off tough opponents such as Barcelona and Real Betis, who are higher in the La Liga table than Sevilla.
United are strong favorites to lift the Europa League trophy for the second time since its rebranding, but they will need to put in a strong performance in the return leg to overcome their Spanish opponents.
Sevilla, who have struggled this season and are languishing in the lower half of La Liga, sacked their former coach Jorge Sampaoli and appointed Jose Luis Mendilibar, a seasoned manager who has led multiple teams in Spain throughout his career.
On the injury front, United have received a boost with the return of Casemiro to the starting lineup, but they will be without the services of Marcus Rashford, who has been in fine form this season, as well as Luke Shaw. Rashford picked up an injury in the recent game against Everton, while Shaw has been out of action since the win over Brentford.
Overall, it’s a testing time for United, but they will need to regroup and put in a strong showing in the second leg if they want to progress in the competition.