Big Match Focus: Manchester United v Sevilla

Manchester United Sevilla

Manchester United will be targeting a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals when they host Sevilla in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.

UEFA Champions League
14 March 2018
Round of 16, second leg
Kick-off: 03H45 HKT
Venue: Old Trafford

Referee: D. Makkelie
Assistants: M. Diks, H. Steegstra
Fourth official: J. De Vries

Head-to-head summary

Manchester United 1 0 1 0
Sevilla 1 0 1 0

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Previous encounter

Sevilla 0-0 Manchester United 21/02/18 (Champions League)

Players to watch

Marcus Rashford was the stand-out player for United in the win over Liverpool, which saw the England international net both goals. Rashford has now scored 12 goals and made eight assists in 40 games across all competitions.

Sevilla’s star man this season has been Wissam Ben Yedder. The 27-year-old striker has bagged 17 goals and provided three assists in his 33 appearances across all competitions.

Team form and manager quotes

United drew 0-0 with the Spanish side in the first leg and come into the second-leg clash on the back of three consecutive victories in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho’s men beat Chelsea 2-1, Crystal Palace 3-2, and Liverpool 2-1 to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions to five games.

In terms of home form, United have not lost at Old Trafford since the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City back in October. They have since gone unbeaten in eight home fixtures, keeping five clean sheets.

“Sevilla and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Telegraph after the win over the Reds.

“Liverpool is Liverpool, it is a big match, it is a match against a direct competitor for the top four but nothing is decided yet.

“But Sevilla and Brighton are ‘live-or-die’ games so the next two are much more important than this one.

“In modern football you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match and I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla on Tuesday everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, Sevilla have been more inconsistent in recent weeks. After the goalless draw with United they lost 5-2 at home against Atletico Madrid. They followed it up with back-to-back wins over Malaga and Athletic Bilbao. However, they lost at home once again on Saturday when Valencia handed them a 2-0 defeat.

Los Rojiblancos have never progressed as far as the Champions League quarter-finals. They lost to English opposition last season when Leicester City beat them 3-2 on aggregate.

“We are hoping to do something exhilarating at Old Trafford after not scoring a goal that we deserved in the opening leg,” Sevilla president Pepe Castro told Radio Sevilla FC. “I would sign right now to draw 1-1 at Manchester.”

Team news

Paul Pogba remains a doubt for United, after missing the win over Liverpool, while Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, and Phil Jones remain sidelined.

Sevilla will be without the services of Sebastien Corchia and Jesus Navas, who are both still injured.