Confirmed line-ups for Red Devils' Champions League clash v Sevilla

Confirmed line-ups for Red Devils' Champions League clash v Sevilla

Javier Howell
March 14, 2018

United, three time winners of this competition, drew 0-0 in the first leg in Spain last month.

Jose Mourinho's side were stunned by the two late strikes from Frenchman Ben Yedder and, although Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back, United's once promising European campaign came to a sorry end.

Asked what has to change now to get United into the top-eight teams in Europe, Mourinho retorted: "Everything. We had good periods, we didn't have great control over the game, but I can't say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play".

Manchester United will be making a stab to proceed to the quarterfinal of the Uefa Champions League round 16 as they take on Spanish side Sevilla tonight.

"I don't want to make a drama of it".

United went behind deep into the second half when substitute Wissam Ben Yedder came in to break the deadlock with a precise finish.

During his spells with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, Mourinho has developed a reputation as the master of stifling the opposition before striking at the most opportune moment, but the tables were turned in dramatic fashion here. "This is football and we have to accept that".

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They will go into this game on the back of a dispiriting defeat, having capitulated 2-3 to Mourinho's Manchester United on Monday. Their position has not been helped by injuries to key players and an unhealthy lack of fortune, if you will.

"United were just too cautious".

Mourinho's side showed none of the intensity displayed in the weekend defeat of Liverpool, Marouane Fellaini mustering the only noteworthy shot in a first half that the visitors edged.

"After 10 to 15 minutes, Sevilla has a good team and can hide the ball in midfield". He collected Pablo Sarabia's cross and cut past Marcus Rashford, only to be denied by a thumping Eric Bailly tackle.

Paul Pogba is another who has missed a number of fixtures with a small problem and Mourinho has admitted he still remains a doubt for the Champions League tie.

"And we're not the only team that invests money".

Mourinho responded by throwing on Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, but their attacking edge was needed far earlier as Ben Yedder soon put the outcome beyond any doubt when he forced home a corner at the far post despite a despairing effort by De Gea.

"I am very happy to win here in this special, historic place", head coach Vincenzo Montella said after reaching the quarter-finals.