The noise around Old Trafford told its own tale. The stunned silence, the frustration at the end. This was a long, long way from what was expected; a long, longer way from what was good enough.
It is said 0-0 in the first leg is a dangerous score, but Manchester United made it doubly so with an uninspired, cautious display that ended in humiliation on their home turf. Sevilla scored twice in a second-half that exposed the limitations of this team, certainly the limitations went sent out to play in such an unimaginative way.
Marcus Rashford, alone, and even them only sporadically, showed the determination to run at the Spaniards, to challenge them in wide positions. The rest was mediocre in the extreme. Wayward, long balls. Ponderous, slow play. Attack, attack, attack, shouted the fans.
Wissam Ben Yedder strikes from the edge of the Manchester United box to put Sevilla into the lead on Tuesday evening
Ben Yedder dashes off to celebrate putting the Spanish side into the lead during the Champions League last-16
A dejected Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku prepare to take kick off after United fell behind at Old Trafford
Ben Yedder was able to double his side's advantage with a header that crept over the line after David De Gea got a hand to it
Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, previously of Stoke and Blackburn, piles into a celebration for their second goal
Manchester United (4-1-4-1): De Gea 6; Valencia 6 (Mata 77), Bailly 6, Smalling 6, Young 6; Matic 6; Rashford 6, Fellaini 6 (Pogba 60, 5), Lingard 6 (Martial 77), Sanchez 5; Lukaku 6.5
Subs not used: Romero, Lindelof, Darmian, McTominay
Goal: Lukaku 84
Manager: Jose Mourinho 5
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Rico 6; Mercado 6.5, Kjaer 7.5, Lenglet 7, Escudero 7; Nzonzi 8, Banega 7; Sarabia 7, Vazquez 6.5 (Pizarro 87), Correa 8 (Geis 89); Muriel 6 (Ben Yedder 72, 8.5)
Subs not used: Soria, Pizarro, Pareja, Nolito, Arana
Goals: Ben Yedder 74, 78
Bookings: Banega, Sarabia, Correa, Ben Yedder
Manager: Vincenzo Montella 8
Referee: Danny Makkelie 5
Sevilla did, finally locating their range after a serious of wild attempts, to send United stumbling out of the competition, disoriented, humbled. At least they can concentrate on coming second now.
It is fitting that an attacking substitution changed the game. Wissam Ben Yedder has been Sevilla’s top scorer in Europe this season but hasn’t started either tie against United. Introduced with 18 minutes remaining here, he changed the game.
His first goal came after two minutes of involvement, in which time his movement was already having an impact. It was a superbly taken goal. Pablo Sarabia picked him out through the middle and Ben Yedder held off the defensive attention to bury the ball at David De Gea’s left post. Statistics show how difficult that is this season.
The next, the killer, was a little less perfect but not less effective, a header at the back post after losing Ashley Young that De Gea scrambled to clear but was judged correctly to have crossed the line.
Romelu Lukaku pulled one back from a Juan Mata cross – and how United could have done with his invention from the start – but with only seven minutes remaining it was too late.
Trying to do a job on Sevilla, United had a job done on them instead. If there is blueprint from this match, it should be tucked away, never to be unfolded. This is no way for Manchester United to play in Europe; it is a way for them to lose.
Supporters mill outside of a well lit Old Trafford ahead of kick-off in the last-16 second leg on Tuesday evening
The two teams shake hands and greet one another in the build-up to the encounter at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening
Marcus Rashford forced a good save from Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico with a free-kick in the opening exchanges
United manager Jose Mourinho watches on from the touchline during Tuesday evening's contest at Old Trafford
Sevilla's Argentinian Joaquin Correa headed the ball over the United bar from a corner kick in the opening 20 minutes
It says something of the upheaval and trials of Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down that less than half of Tuesday night’s starting line-up had ever played a Champions League knock-out game at Old Trafford – the defence-minded players, mostly.
It was 2014 when United last ventured into the business end of this tournament and anyone who expected a safe, uneventful passage to the