Julen Lopetegui hailed his Sevilla side after they secured a 2-1 victory over ‘the best Manchester United side of the last few years’ in the Europa League semi-final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men opened the scoring on nine minutes through Bruno Fernandes’ emphatic penalty after Marcus Rashford was fouled by Diego Carlos.
Sevilla levelled on 26 minutes when former Liverpool man Suso rounded off a sweeping counterattack, firing beyond David de Gea.
Substitute Luuk de Jong then netted the winning goal with 14 minutes of normal time remaining to send Sevilla to their sixth Europa League final in 15 seasons.
United were denied by opposition goalkeeper Yassine Bounou on multiple occasions, but failed to create a clear-cut opportunity to take the game to extra time.
Nevertheless, Lopetegui intists the Red Devils have made significant progress with Solskjaer in charge.
‘This is the best Manchester United of the last few years and the form team in England, so it is normal that we had to suffer,’ said Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.
‘This was a team effort. If you beat a team like United in a semi-final, you have to do it as a unit. That’s what we did tonight. I’m really proud of my team.
‘We are very excited for the final, but it will be the hardest game yet and we have to prepare.’
Lopetegui’s La Liga side will face either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final at the RheinEnergie Stadion on Friday August 21.