Pogba benched for Sevilla Champions League clash

  • Pogba benched for Sevilla Champions League clash

Pogba benched for Sevilla Champions League clash

You could see that Valencia are unsafe on the counter, but Sevilla did not defend against that in their 2-0 defeat against them in La Liga on Saturday.

The Andalusian supporters are looking forward to the clash with Man United, pushing aside the memory of three recent unsuccessful attempts to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.

Carrick, capped 34 times by England, has looked likely to leave United in recent summers only to pen extensions at a club that rewarded his fine service with a testimonial past year. We had unsafe situations in the first half, a good start in the second half and chances to score.

Jose Mourinho claimed early Champions League exits are not "something new" for Manchester United as he knocked the club out twice before taking charge at Old Trafford.

It was seen as a missed opportunity for Sevilla, given they controlled much of the game and saw Luis Muriel denied a goal by a remarkable David de Gea save just before half-time.

Man United's Romelu Lukaku (C) vies for the ball against Sevilla players in first leg.

Sevilla dominated in the midfield with Steven N'Zonzi and Éver Banega running circles around Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini.

With that in mind expect Mourinho to send his team out with defending as the number one priority.

Jose Mourinho's men will doubtless be hoping to keep it tight again and nick the crucial goal to progress, but Sevilla are formidable opponent and now sit fifth in La Liga. Somehow Fellaini avoided a yellow card but he gave way to Pogba in the 60th minute.

However it's unsafe for the Red Devils as a Sevilla goal will leave them needing two so expect Jose Mourinho to shut up shop here.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "One of my regrets is never having had him as a player because I think he was one of the greatest players in English football".

"I am expecting United to go through, mainly because this is the poorest Sevilla side in years. So, of course, knockout becomes more important than league matches". "The first goal would always change the direction of the game". "I am not frustrated about the first leg".

"But tomorrow and Saturday [against Brighton] are the matches where, in the end, you go to the next draw or you don't go to the next draw. I think when you are in the last 16, it looks really, really far", the Red Devils manager said.