17 Aug Man United’s Europa League exit units data
Manchester United’s elongated season lastly got here to an finish on Sunday night time with defeat within the Europa League semifinals.
Performed on impartial soil in Cologne, Germany, United went ahead with nine minutes gone, only to ultimately find themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss to Europa specialists Sevilla FC.
There are no prizes on offer for guessing that United’s opener came from the spot as the Premier League side were awarded their 22nd penalty in all competitions this campaign — more than any other team in any of Europe’s top five leagues and the most any side have been given since Barcelona (24 pens) in 2015-16. Remember, United had already set a new Premier League record for penalties on the last day of the season.
With Marcus Rashford having his heels clipped in the Sevilla box, the sight of another referee pointing to another spot was enough for Gary Neville to make the wryest of observations.
Nice to get a decision
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 16, 2020
The end result meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect broke totally undesirable new floor as they consequently turned the primary membership ever to lose an FA Cup, League Cup and European semifinal in the identical season.
As if so as to add additional insult to harm, no silverware in three seasons means United are additionally at the moment on their longest run with no trophy for 30 years.
Bruno Fernandes did the honours together with his trademark stilted run-up and an emphatic end to maintain his spectacular 100% conversion price going this season. The Portuguese midfielder has scored each single one of many 14 spot kicks he is taken in 2019-20, eight of which have come since his January transfer to United.
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Certainly, since making his United debut on the primary day of February this 12 months, Fernandes has had a direct hand in 20 objectives for his new team with 12 objectives and eight assists already underneath his belt — a document solely bettered by Lionel Messi (27) of Barcelona and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (28).
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 16, 2020
Nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient to forestall United’s season from really fizzling out with a little bit of a splutter as they had been eradicated from European competitors by Spanish opponents for the third consecutive 12 months.
Targets from former Premier League makeweights Suso (Liverpool) and Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United, assisted by ex-Manchester Metropolis man Jesus Navas), noticed Sevilla storm from behind to say the win.
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Having not missed a single second of United’s league marketing campaign and performed the total 90 towards Sevilla, Harry Maguire has performed extra minutes than every other participant on the planet this season (5,509), beating FC Copenhagen defender Victor Nelsson (5,366) into second place. Clearly, his case is helped by many leagues around the globe being paused via the summer season.
Sadly, that did not stop Maguire from making a hash of issues whereas trying to forestall Sevilla from netting their equaliser on the night time, with the United centre-back attracting criticism for unwittingly inventing “no-look defending” within the build-up.
— GiveMeSport (@GiveMeSport) August 17, 2020
As for Sevilla, the La Liga aspect go marching into their sixth UEFA Cup/Europa League ultimate — their fourth in seven seasons and at the very least two extra in total than every other membership have ever managed within the historical past of the competitors(s).
FULL TIME IN COLOGNE!!!! FULL TIME!!!! FULL TIME!!!!
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 16, 2020
Los Rojiblancos will go into the ultimate unbeaten in 20 video games since February with an opportunity to say a sixth title towards both Internazionale or Shakhtar Donetsk, thus extending a document that already belongs to them.
We’ll discover out when the main focus turns again to Cologne on Friday.