Own goals by Tyrell Malachia and Harry Maguire in the 84th and 92nd minutes Thursday left the score at 2-2 in the quarterfinals before next week’s return match in Spain.
Meanwhile, injuries to central defenders Rafael Varane and Lissandro Martinez compounded a disappointing evening for Eric ten Hague.
United’s manager is already without injured leading scorer Marcus Rashford at a crucial point in the season. Bruno Fernandes is also suspended after receiving his third yellow card in this match.
The game was in our hands, we led 2-0 and should have scored three or four, but then we were unlucky with injuries, said Ten Hague. I know we can do better in the last part of the game, we have to be more focused. We had a little bit of bad luck defensively. It wasn’t our best night.
It was the Sevilla fans who sang the loudest after the final whistle, and Old Trafford was stunned by the Spanish team’s struggles.
United can expect a heated reception at the Ramon Sanchez Pichuan Stadium next week after giving the Spaniards a lifeline at a time when it looked like they would drop out of a competition in which they have dominated of late.
It’s just as we said at halftime: With one goal, we’re back in a tie, and we were strong enough to go on and take our chances, Sevilla coach Jose Luis Mendilibar said.
There’s a reason Sevilla won the trophy six times between 2006-20, and that’s because it finds a way out in difficult moments.
And even though the team ranks 13th in the Spanish championship, it refused to give up despite losing most of the match.
Marcel Sabitzer scored goals in the 14th and 21st minutes, giving United a 2-0 lead at halftime.
After the break, Anthony hit the bar, and then Sevilla made Ten Hag’s team pay for their failure to turn the tide: Malacia crossed Jesus Navas’ ball into his own goal, prompting a late comeback.
David de Gea made a superb save, preventing substitute Youssef En-Neciri from tying the score in regulation time. But Sevilla soon celebrated victory when Maguire inadvertently converted En-Neciri’s header past his own goalkeeper almost immediately thereafter.
While Ten Hague must now lift his players after losing cont.In the case of the quarterfinals, he may have to make plans for the future without his key defenders.
Varan was replaced at halftime due to injury, and Martinez looked frustrated as Sevilla players Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel, his Argentina teammates, carried him off the field.
Ten Hag could not give details of the seriousness of Martinez’s injury, but the player’s reaction-he curled up and covered his face with his hands on the sideline-seemed to indicate his own anxiety.
I don’t think he’ll play Sunday, Ten Hague said. It looks like it, but I can’t say what the diagnosis is, and I’d rather wait and then we’ll be clear and know exactly what’s wrong.
United play Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday before the return game against United.