Manchester United will bid to develop into the third English facet to achieve this 12 months’s Champions League quarter-finals after they face Sevilla at Previous 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 a few of the speaking factors forward of Tuesday night time’s recreation.
Will the Sevilla stalemate come again to chunk 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 model and secured only a Zero-Zero draw. Meaning it’s nonetheless all to play for at Previous Trafford and leaves United open to the opportunity of crashing out on away objectives. Jose Mourinho should hope his cautious ways in Spain will not be what prices his facet throughout the 2 legs.
Will Pogba be match?
United’s file signing Paul Pogba was absent for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over north-west rivals Liverpool because of harm and was not current for the part of coaching open to the media on Monday morning. Nevertheless, Mourinho said Pogba did truly prepare as soon as journalists had left and left open the likelihood that the Frenchman may very well be match sufficient to return.
Ought to he come again even when he’s?
That being mentioned, United actually didn’t miss Pogba in opposition to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. A couple of months in the past Pogba was thought of to be the participant that made Mourinho’s males tick, however in latest weeks his position within the staff 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 considered one 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 supplied a well timed reminder of his brilliance in opposition to Liverpool to additionally show to Mourinho he will be relied upon within the large moments. Alexis Sanchez had been underwhelming on the left anyway so Mourinho might 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 have 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 match. Whereas this United facet might not have accrued the Champions League nous of the Sir Alex Ferguson sides, they nonetheless have gamers comparable 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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