Manchester United will bid to turn into the third English facet to achieve this yr’s Champions League quarter-finals after they face Sevilla at Outdated Trafford within the second leg of their last-16 encounter.
United, three time winners of this competitors, drew Zero-Zero within the first leg in Spain final month.
Right here FP particulars among the speaking factors forward of Tuesday night time’s sport.
Will the Sevilla stalemate come again to chew Mourinho?
Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool each secured large away wins to place their respective ties to mattress with 90 minutes nonetheless to play, but United approached a visit to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with a extra safety-first type and secured only a Zero-Zero draw. Which means it’s nonetheless all to play for at Outdated Trafford and leaves United open to the potential for crashing out on away targets. Jose Mourinho should hope his cautious ways in Spain aren’t what prices his facet throughout the 2 legs.
Will Pogba be match?
United’s document signing Paul Pogba was absent for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over north-west rivals Liverpool on account of damage and was not current for the part of coaching open to the media on Monday morning. Nevertheless, Mourinho acknowledged Pogba did truly prepare as soon as journalists had left and left open the chance that the Frenchman might be match sufficient to return.
Ought to he come again even when he’s?
That being stated, United definitely didn’t miss Pogba towards Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. A number of months in the past Pogba was thought of to be the participant that made Mourinho’s males tick, however in current weeks his position within the crew has been closely scrutinised. Pogba was not chosen to begin within the first leg and it seems unlikely Mourinho would both break up his defensive-midfield axis of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic, or sacrifice one in every of his attacking midfielders or forwards now the onus is on his males to assault.
Will Rashford retain his place?
United’s hero on the weekend was homegrown ahead Marcus Rashford, who marked his first Premier League begin of 2018 with a brace. Rashford has skilled the type of inconsistency many his age present however the 20-year-old provided a well timed reminder of his brilliance towards Liverpool to additionally show to Mourinho he might be relied upon within the large moments. Alexis Sanchez had been underwhelming on the left anyway so Mourinho could take into account utilising the Chilean extra centrally once more and permitting Rashford, a participant certainly imbued with confidence, to fit in on the left as soon as extra.
Sevilla’s Champions League inexperience
The story of final week’s Champions League ties had been of skilled European powerhouses Juventus and Actual Madrid respectively edging previous Tottenham and Paris St Germain, each comparatively inexperienced at these levels of the event. Whereas this United facet could not have accrued the Champions League nous of the Sir Alex Ferguson sides, they nonetheless have gamers equivalent to Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia, who’ve performed within the competitors’s finals. Sevilla have by no means reached the final eight of the Champions League and United can be hoping their further expertise works of their favour.
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