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‘Best team lost’: United’s Maguire devastated by Europa League exit

Cologne (Germany) (AFP) – Manchester United defender Harry Maguire insisted the “best side lost” after the English giants were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals on Sunday.

“The boys are devastated. We created numerous chances. The best team lost. They punished us for missing chances. They didn’t make many chances to be honest,” Maguire told broadcaster BT Sport.

Bruno Fernandes’s early penalty was cancelled out by Suso’s strike for five-time winners Sevilla.

But United made and wasted almost all the big chances after the break as Bono produced a string of stunning saves until substitute Luuk De Jong turned home a Jesus Navas cross 12 minutes from time.

“We worked our socks off and deserved to win and get through. We fell short in a semi-final for the third time this year,” added Maguire.

“Losing is not acceptable. Getting to semi-finals isn’t acceptable. We have to take it to the next step.”

The defeat means United are now without a trophy in three seasons while Sevilla go on to face either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final.

“We want to win silverware as soon as possible,” added Maguire.

“Tonight we turned up and the best team lost. Perhaps that bit of inexperience cost us – we shouldn’t have conceded that second goal.”

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  1. Christopher Ernest WATSON

    August 18, 2020 at 1:13 pm


  2. Barry

    August 16, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Listening to Maguire you’d think finishing and goal keeping are not part of soccer. Sevilla’s goal keeper was excellent, their defense threw their bodies in front of shots all night, and their two goals were created with excellent passing and clinical finishing. No, Harry, you weren’t the better team. There is more to soccer than keeping the ball or creating chances, and in those other areas you were definitely second best.

  3. Donald Duck

    August 16, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Man United was the “better side” however Yassine Bounou was playing out of his mind. Thing is Man United could’ve won 5-1 especially with how fast they started the 2nd half.
    All in all the match was very very exciting and I cant wait for tomorrows match now.

  4. Robert

    August 16, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    This time the mandatory penalty could not save them. M.U. is still a bunch overpaid losers. Harry is a big cry baby!

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