UEFA Champions League
Manchester United vs Sevilla
Match Timing: March 14th, 01:15 AM IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
If the last two weeks were crucial for Manchester United in cementing their place at the 2nd place in the Premier League, the match between Sevilla is really a season-defining game which could unravel the good work Jose Mourinho has done so far this season if something unexpected happens at Old Trafford.
After winning four times in the last five games, Red Devils have all the momentum to finish the job. Also, based on their performances against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, it looks a certainty that the three-time champions would be in the quarterfinals.
At home, United are even more daunting. They have lost just one game at Old Trafford all season, a 1-3 defeat against the noisy-neighbors Manchester City. In the Champions League, the three-time Champions have won all the home matches, making it an uphill task for the visitors.
Sevilla, on the other hand, are going in the other direction in the past few weeks as far as results are concerned. The chastening defeats against their direct rivals for the Champions League place in the La Liga has left the five-time Europa Champions reeling at 5th and some 11 points adrift of the 4th placed Valencia.
That's why Sevilla faithful still have some doubts about Vincenzo Montella's credentials and whether he is an upgrade to the sacked manager Eduardo Berizzo.
Team form (Last six matches)
Manchester United – L W D W W W
Sevilla – W D L W W L
Paul Pogba is a major doubt after missing the training on Monday. But if he does pass the fitness test, we are expecting him to be on the bench only.
Argentine defender Marcos Rojo and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera are doubts while Anthony Martial has been declared fit by manager Jose Mourinho. Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also returned to full training but is expected to be on the bench only.
Jesse Lingard is just a booking away from getting a suspension for the next match.
De Gea (GK); A. Valencia, E. Bailly, C. Smalling, A. Young; N. Matic, S. McTominay; J. Mata, J. Lingard, A. Alexis; R. Lukaku.
Former Manchester City player Jesus Navas will be missing the match through an injury. While Frenchman Sébastien Corchia is also unavailable. Miguel Layún is ineligible.
Rico (GK); Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N'Zonzi, Banega; Sarabia, Vazquez, Correa; Luis Muriel
UEFA Champions League record-
Manchester United- Three Titles- 1968, 1999, 2008
Sevilla- No Champions League title yet.
1. Manchester United have conceded in just seven of the 20 games they played at Old Trafford this season.
2. Sevilla have lost 50% of their away matches this season.
Manchester United- 8/13