And the Spanish side took the lead in the second half with just over 10 minutes left, after substitute Luuk de Jong tapped home a Jesus Navas cross.
The club will face either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk, who play in the other semifinal on Monday in Dusseldorf.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said that given the chances his side made, “the best team lost.”
“They didn’t create many chances if we’re being honest,” he told BT Sport after the game. “It’s a ball in the box, obviously they’ve worked it well down our right.
“We’ve got to do better. We’ll look at it and we’ve got to improve. We’ve conceded from two crosses. It’s not good enough. But we worked our socks off out there. We deserved to win the game. We deserved to go through but ultimately, we fell short in the semifinal.
“It means a lot to us. The boys in there are devastated. We’ve got a good group of lads who know what it means to play for this club. Losing isn’t acceptable. Getting to semifinals isn’t acceptable. We’ve now got to concentrate and take it further. On another day, we win comfortably and everyone goes on about how well we played.”
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Having knocked out Premier League opposition in the quarterfinals in the shape of Wolves, Sevilla was looking to do a similar thing against Manchester United.
However, it was United that broke the deadlock in the first few minutes. Following a clever scoop pass from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford was adjudged to have been fouled by Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.
Bruno Fernandes — Manchester United’s penalty specialist — stepped up and, following his trademark skip-jump run up, fired the ball into the top corner.
However, United’s lead didn’t last long. As Sevilla began to dominate possession, it began to create chances until eventually, 26 minutes into the game, it got the equalizer.
A slick passing move that began from deep in the Sevilla half resulted in left-back Sergio Reguilón crossing for Suso to sweep the ball home.
In the second half, Manchester United started on the front foot, and only a spell of inspired goalkeeping from Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou denied Manchester United a second goal.
Having weathered that storm, Sevilla grew as an attacking force and finally the increased pressure and possession from the Spanish side told.
A cross from right-back Navas flew past the onlooking Victor Lindelof and onto the foot of the awaiting de Jong to score his first goal in 12 games.
“It’s one of them if you take chances you win comfortably — its not always the case in football,” Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “We had moments in spells in both halves where we should have scored a few. We have a young team — some spells showed that this group of players will have to learn and get some consistency in their play.
“When we get the ball down and create chances, it’s scintillating at times. The keeper had a fantastic game. It’s disappointing we didn’t score because we’ve got players with that quality.”
Although he was disappointed to have been knocked out of the competition, Solskjaer hailed the improvement his side has made over the season and stressed the need for more investment.
“Since February, we have been fantastic. But then again, it is disappointing to go out. We’ve come quite a distance from where we were in February and it’s exciting to work with these boys. Then again, you see how tired they were towards the end.
“We are working to improve what we have. We’ve had spells with injuries. We’re always looking to improve the squad.
“It’s not about a marquee signing, it’s about quality. The right personality that fits into the group.”