Sevilla – Manchester United: Sevilla Come Back And Reach Yet Another Europa League Final (2-1)
Impressive fluidity during the buildup combined with world-class performances from Éver Banega, Joan Jordán and Yassine Bounou sent Sevilla to their sixth Europa League final. Ole Gunnar Solskjær did not have an answer to every single tactical problem that his Spanish counterpart presented him, but could have still left as a winner if his defenders had not betrayed him.
Tactical analysis and match report by Thanos Chelas.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær decided to field the same starting eleven as against København with the exceptions of David de Gea, who started a Europa League knockout match for the first time this season, and Victor Lindelöf who replaced Eric Bailly. Despite the creative problems and finishing issues that kept them to zero goals after ninety minutes against the Danish team, the front four of their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, consisting of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, was confirmed.
Julen Lopetegui’s 4-3-3 formation featured the same starters as in the match against Wolves, as quality players such as Franco Vázquez, Luuk de Jong and Munir El-Haddadi sat on the bench and were called on later in the match.
United start with a bang but fail to stay on top
The match started with both teams trying to apply heavy pressure in every area . . .