Sevilla coach Montella on Man Utd trip: Score and everything changes


Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of Manchester United's UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Sevilla.

Montella recognised the difficulty of facing the English side but trusts his team to score the goal that could send them to the quarter-finals. The former Manchester City star is the only one who would be a starter if fit, however, while the absences of Corchia, Carrico and Carole certainly weaken the side defensively.

Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, and Ander Herrera are all out, while Anthony Martial trained but remains a doubt.

Disappointment aside, though, Manchester United will care little should they do what is expected of them on Tuesday and ease past the Spanish side. Pogba was not chosen to start in the first leg and it appears unlikely Mourinho would either break up his defensive-midfield axis of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic, or sacrifice one of his attacking midfielders or forwards now the onus is on his men to attack.

While it is all too easy to criticise assessments of Mourinho's tactics this season as "negative" - "It seems to be working out alright for him so far" - there is a sense in which the low-risk football that the Portuguese employs is deeply unfashionable in the Champions League.

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Midfielder Michael Carrick will hope to be included after confirming on Monday that he will retire at the end of the season.

"When I say Liverpool, it is just to say that Sevilla is a really good team and the result of the first leg is a result that leaves everything open for tomorrow". He gives everything, he has done it for so many years now, we know exactly what he brings and he will have a great time here. "But the reality in this moment is that we have no advantage at all". A victory against United would put them into the last eight for the first time since 1958. With Manchester United holding the aces on the defensive front, they only just tip the scales in their favour, which is why The Hard Tackle predicts a narrow 2-1 win for Jose Mourinho & co.

However, I can see him having another frustrating evening, knowing he's not got the supply or support to show his potential, and will be left day dreaming of playing against Barca for Real Madrid next season. The buzz in the stadium will be an obvious plus for United on Tuesday night but apart from that, the Liverpool match provided a glimpse of how Manchester United can adjust without Paul Pogba. He plays for United many matches, he starts some comes from the bench for others. No, of course not.

"I think we are not one of the best teams in the competition", he told a pre-match news conference.

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".