Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said his side deserved a point against Sevilla on Wednesday evening at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Approaching Wednesday’s Champions League game with Vincenzo Montella’s side, it was arguably the Spanish side who were favourites, given home soil and some inconsistency in the Premier League for the English visitors.
Former Real Madrid boss Mourinho opted to leave Frenchman Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the bench and a lack of forward initiative was all too clear to see as Sevilla dominated in most parts.
Chances for both Joaquin Correa and Luis Muriel fell to the home side, but David de Gea’s fine form saw Mourinho thanking the Spanish international.
Having held on for a vital draw, Mourinho told reporters that he was pleased with the performance, heading back for the second leg at Old Trafford in two weeks time.
“The game was even, the stats are what they are but I feel the result reflects how the game was,” Mourinho told gathering press.
“At Old Trafford if we draw with goals we are out, if we win by any result we are through. Is that difficult? Yes, but it is a match in our house and I believe that Old Trafford misses a big European night.
“Of course, last season we had quarter-finals, semi-finals, but it was in the Europa League, which has a different meaning.
“The year before we didn’t play in the Champions League so I think Old Trafford misses this and can create a similar atmosphere to what we had here today and push us through a difficult match.
“We just need to win.”
United will now turn their attention to the weekend tie with Chelsea, who also held Spanish opposition this week, drawing 1-1 with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge which saw goals from Willian and Lionel Messi, respectively.
That huge Premier League clash sets up a huge month for United, who also face Crystal Palace and Liverpool before the return leg with Sevilla