Preview: Manchester United need to go all out for the win against Sevilla – it will be a tough encounter

Manchester United -v- Sevilla

Old Trafford, Manchester

UEFA Champions League 2017/18

Tuesday 13th March 2018; KO 19:45 GMT

Live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom

Manchester United face Sevilla in the second leg of the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, a must-win encounter following the 0-0 draw in Spain almost three weeks ago. United manager Jose Mourinho will be confident of securing a quarter-final place in the elite European competition this season, especially after his last three results, beating Chelsea and Crystal Palace, despite coming from behind, also beating Liverpool to go five points of the Merseyside club in second place, only for Tottenham Hotspur to push them into fourth, now sitting four points behind United.

United earned a Champions League place by winning the UEFA Europa League last season, coming through their group with five wins out of six and being drawn against the Spanish side, the first time both teams have faced each other competitively. United will feel at home in the latter stages of the competition which puts them in the driving seat ahead of this fixture, the biggest of the season so far. United also won the EFL Cup and the FA Community Shield last season, not the greatest things to win, but the League Cup and the Europa League are both major honours and it signalled the fact that United were back on the right road following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson almost five years ago.

United may not have the benefit of an away goal, which would have made this match seem a little better. Mourinho’s side will need to thwart any attempt of Sevilla scoring a goal as United would need to respond with two goals for each one the Spanish side manage to score. Thinking in this way, you would see Sevilla as the favourites, especially if they managed to bag a goal early on. United were outplayed by Sevilla in Spain and despite having more than 20 attempts on goal, United kept a clean sheet. It may have been a tactical plan for Mourinho but that still won’t make the second leg any easier, unless United manage to start the way they did against Liverpool at the weekend.

Sevilla are not in the best of form but that does not mean they are not capable of beating United. In the match following the 0-0 draw three weeks ago, Sevilla were beaten 5-2 by Atletico Madrid which was deemed embarrassing for them as they beat the club twice in the Copa del Rey earlier in the season. Whilst United have fewer defeats and draws in their last six matches, Sevilla are still a side to contend with. The Spanish side have lost twice, drawn once and won three times whilst United have been beaten once, won four times and drawn once in their last six matches. This is going to have to be another great performance by Manchester United or their season could start to unravel with the Emirates FA Cup coming up this weekend too.

Form: Manchester United have been beaten once in their last six matches; Sevilla have been beaten twice – United in better form heading into Old Trafford battle

Manchester United: WWWDWL – Liverpool 2-1 W, Crystal Palace 3-2 W, Chelsea 2-1 W, Sevilla 0-0 D, Huddersfield Town 2-0 W, Newcastle United 1-0 L

Sevilla: DLWWLDW – Valencia 2-0 L, Athletic Bilbao 2-0 W, Malaga 1-0 W, Atletico Madrid 5-2 L, Manchester United 0-0 D, Las Palmas 2-1 W

Top Scorers (all competitions): Manchester United have scored 86 goals, whereas Sevilla has only scored 71 goals in all competitions this season

Manchester United: 23 – Romelu Lukaku, 13 – Jesse Lingard, 12 – Marcus Rashford, 11 – Anthony Martial, 4 – Marouane Fellaini, 3 – Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, 2 – Own Goal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, 1 – Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sanchez

Sevilla: 17 – Wissam Ben Yedder, 8 – Luis Muriel, Pablo Sarabia, 7 – Joaquín Correa, 4 – Éver Banega, Ganso, Clément Lenglet, Nolito, Franco Vázquez, 3 – Sergio Escudero, Jesús Navas, 2 – Simon Kjaer, Guido Pizarro, 1 – Michael Krohn-Dehli

Previous Matches: One match played and it is all even – it has to be decided at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening though…

Manchester United and Sevilla have played one competitive match in the history of both clubs and that was a 0-0 draw in Spain last month. United had previously face Sevilla in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial, losing that match at the Theatre of Dreams. United did not have a great record in European competition in Spain until recently and that 0-0 draw, despite no goals being scored will be seen as a positive. United will, however, need to stop Sevilla from scoring at Old Trafford, which is what they did against Liverpool at the weekend. For every goal Sevilla may score, United will in effect need two goals to nullify it. This match is going to be make or break for United. Making it into the last eight of the competition will be something Jose Mourinho and his side wants.

Team News: Paul Pogba may miss another important match this season; Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Daley Blind still on the sidelines

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could be without Paul Pogba for another match after he was injured in Friday’s training session, missing the victory over Liverpool. Mourinho, speaking after the match on Saturday, stated that he did not know how long Pogba could be out of action. The United squad were training ahead of tomorrow night’s must-win fixture this morning and Pogba was not involved in the open training session. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Daley Blind were also absent. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved and it was suggested that the Swede would be in contention to face Sevilla, which could be his second appearance in the competition this season, his eighth appearance in all competitions, scoring one solitary goal so far. Mourinho’s press conference will take place around 14:00 GMT today, so there will be updates as to who is available for selection and who is not.

Predicted Starting XI: Mourinho should have the players capable of getting the much-needed result against Sevilla

Predicted Score: Manchester United should be strong enough to get a result against Sevilla and earn a place in Friday’s UEFA Chapmions League quarter-final draw

Manchester United 3-1 Sevilla

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