Man Utd ready for aggressive Sevilla - Matic

Thursday, 22 Feb, 2018

A rousing comeback from 3-0 down to draw at home to Liverpool during the group stage showed what they are capable of, although Sevilla have since hired a new coach - Eduardo Berizzo was sacked in December, just after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, with Montella taking his place. There would be no holding back despite facing Chelsea on Sunday, Mourinho said, and no obligation to play Pogba. For Sevilla they are waiting on the fitness of Sebastien Corchia, Ever Banega and Joaquin Correa.

Sevilla will be without Sebastien Corchia.

"He is a complete player, strong, technical and scores goals". Sergio Escudero will be on the left.

The two-man pivot in the middle of the park is likely to comprise of Frenchman Steven N'Zonzi and Guido Pizarro. "I hope we can go through". Montella has options in attack, including Luis Muriel, Nolito, and Wissam Ben Yedder.

He spoke in exalted terms of the vastly more experienced 55-year-old Mourinho, who has overseen 139 games in the Champions League and lifted the trophy twice.

Returning outfield quartet Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera travelled with the squad to Andalusia, as did goalkeeper David De Gea after being rested at Huddersfield. "I could have gone for the corner but I chose to strike it harder instead of placing it. De Gea is a great goalkeeper and made a great save".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are definitely out, but Eric Bailly should return to the side. He is one of the most consistent defenders in the league and should partner Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence.

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When asked if he could call on Pogba if needed, Mourinho added: "Three questions on Paul, you have no others?". He continues to paint himself as the foremost cerebral tacticitian in the game, and yet there are some matches that don't require that approach.

Manchester United head into their Champions League round of 16 clash with Sevilla looking to preserve English clubs' unbeaten streak at this stage of the competition.

Manchester United won five of their six group games this term, losing only once against FC Basel.

"I don't know how many Champions League matches he has managed".

Fuelling the speculation of an uneasy relationship between Mourinho and the France midfielder, the United manager chose to select 21-year-old Scott McTominay ahead of Pogba in a midfield three. The Portuguese was quick to quash those rumours off, but Pogba will once again be under the microscope on the trip to Sevilla. We have to play in a similar way.

Nolito was brought in for just one season and sent over to Sevilla rather abruptly.