Fans take aim at the Premier League following Man United’s CL exit

Viewers of this evening’s clash between Manchester United and Sevilla have taken to social media in their numbers to slate the Premier League.


The two sides went head to head at Old Trafford, having played out a 0-0 stalemate in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Spain 3 weeks ago.

Manchester United have been in excellent form since their disappointing showing at the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, having earned victories over all of Chelsea, Crystal Palace and, most recently, Liverpool.

Sevilla, meanwhile, have picked up 2 wins and 2 losses from their 4 fixtures since the clash, including a harrowing 5-2 defeat at home to Atletico Madrid and a 2-0 loss to Valencia in their last outing.


The starting XIs of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with Jose Mourinho having sprung a couple of surprises.

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were seemingly only fit enough for the bench, while Juan Mata and Scott McTominay both dropped out for Jesse Lingard and, controversially, Marouane Fellaini:

Sevilla, meanwhile, lined up as follows:


The opening 45 minutes this evening saw both sides struggle to create clear-cut chances, with Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi the standout performer in a half badly lacking in quality.

Manchester United’s fans were understandably up in arms regarding the flat performance of their side, with the lack of control gained by Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini in the middle of the park particularly noteworthy.

Shock result

The second-half saw United come out with more intent in attacking areas, but look susceptible to Sevilla on the counter-attack.

And it was a Sevilla counter that saw the score opened for the first time in over two and a half hours between the tie’s two legs, as substitute Wissam Ben Yedder made an immediate impact, taking the ball into his path on the edge of the box and brilliantly slamming home past David De Gea.

Incredibly, it was 2-0 just minutes later, as a corner flicked on to the back post saw Ben Yedder cement his name in Sevilla’s history books, heading home past the unlucky De Gea and putting the tie out of United’s reach.

Romelu Lukaku did manage to restore a glimmer of hope for the hosts with 5 minutes to go, but it was too little, too late, as Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League in embarrassing circumstances.

PL blues

In the aftermath of the clash, much of the talk across social media has surrounded the Premier League versus La Liga battle, with many fans having taken aim at the English top-flight for being ‘overrated’:

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