Sevilla produced a dazzling first-half display to stun Manchester United with a 3-1 victory in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial at Old Trafford.
The Andalusians were in control for long periods of the opening 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead midway through the half when Vitolo neatly finished off a flowing attacking move.
Unai Emery’s side doubled their lead just four minutes later through German international Marko Marin, on loan from Chelsea, who tapped home after being set up by Vitolo to give Sevilla a comfortable two-goal cushion at the break.
United did get back into the game on 64 minutes, Antonio Valencia firing a cross home to halve the deficit, and it was the home side that looked the more likely to score as the game wore on.
However, Los Nervionenses took advantage of some missed opportunities by the Red Devils to seal the game in stoppage time, substitute Bryan Rabello getting the third after great work by Kevin Gameiro to put a dampener on Ferdinand’s evening in front of a 45,000 crowd.
Manchester United: De Gea; Fabio, Ferdinand (Evans 81), Smalling, Buttner; Valencia (Zaha 65), Cleverley (Jones 46), Anderson (Carrick 65), Kagawa (Giggs 65); Januzaj, Henríquez (Lingard 46)
Sevilla: Beto; Figueiras, Fazio, Pareja (Israel Puerto 55), Moreno: Medel (Guarente 80), Kondogbia; Vitolo (Jairo 71), Marin (Gameiro 65), Perotti; Bacca (Rabello 76).
Goals: Vitolo 21 (S), Marin 24 (S), Valencia 64 (MU), Rabello 91 (S).
Referee: Lee Probert (England)