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‘A team full of strangers’: Rio Ferdinand blasts Man United after embarrassing defeat

Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in quick succession to earn Sevilla a famous win against Manchester United and a place in the UEFA champions league quarter-finals.

Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates the first of his goals for Sevilla
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Former defender Rio Ferdinand reacted angrily by labelling the team a bunch of strangers following the shock defeat.

“They looked like a team thrown together, full of strangers,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“They played with nerves, they played cautiously. In these games you’ve got to take it by the scruff of the kneck.

“That takes character, that takes personality. You’ve got to give the fans something to chant about. This stadium was quiet and that is down to the players.”

Fellaini struggled in midfield (Image: REUTERS)

Sevilla are through to only their second ever European Cup quarter-final after a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The tie remained goalless until deep into the second half of the second leg, Wissam Ben Yedder breaking the deadlock with a precise finish just two minutes after coming off the bench.

The Sevilla substitute then squeezed a header past David de Gea and under the crossbar moments later to leave United with too much to do.

Though Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for the hosts to prompt a brief flurry of pressure, it was too late. De Gea denied Ben Yedder a hat-trick when clean through in added time but it did little to dampen Sevilla’s celebrations. They’d waited 60 years for this.

Key stats

Sevilla’s only previous quarter-final, in 1958, ended in a 10-2 defeat by Real Madrid

Ben Yedder has now scored eight goals in seven #UCL games this term

This was United’s first home loss in Europe since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last #UCL fixture

United have not failed to score in both legs of a European tie since the 2004/05 last 16

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