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Champions League: Manchester United have no excuse for losing to Sevilla, says Nemanja Matic

Manchester United have no one to blame but themselves for their shock Champions League last 16 exit after going down 2-1 to Sevilla at Old Trafford, midfielder Nemanja Matic has said.

Two late goals from French striker Wissam Ben Yedder helped the Spanish side prevail on Tuesday following a goalless draw between the teams in Spain last month.

Manchester United's Nemanja Matic reacts after Sevilla scored their second goal of the game as he waits for the restart during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Nemanja Matic reacts after Sevilla score their second goal against Manchester United. AP

United's performance against Sevilla was in stark contrast to their battling 2-1 Premier League win over arch-rivals Liverpool last weekend and Matic said Vincenzo Montella's side deserved to advance.

"There is no excuse," the Serb told United's website (www.manutd.com). "We had a big game ... against Liverpool and we came with high confidence to play this game, but Sevilla were better than us, so they deserved it."

United are 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City and the FA Cup represents their best chance of silverware this season. They face Brighton and Hove Albion in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

"We have to forget this, but see where we made mistakes and see where we can do better. Now we have to look to the next game, which is important for us, in the FA Cup," Matic added.

"We have to refocus on Brighton because they are a good team and we have to win. We know that our supporters are sad because of this result, so we need to go back to winning ways."


Updated Date: Mar 14, 2018 09:20 AM

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