Mourinho unrepentant in Manchester style wars

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

"Liverpool is Liverpool, it is a big match", Mourinho said. "But Sevilla and Brighton are "live or die" games so the next two are much more important than this one".

Ukraine's Brazilian-born sensation Marlos has starred for Shakhtar Donetsk on a Champions League run that could see them reach the quarter-finals for only the second time when they go to Roma.

With Pogba missing, Mourinho could well go for the same starting line-up as we saw against Liverpool.

Others who missed out are: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind even as Eric Bailly took part despite an injury scare on Saturday.

"Alexis has a level that my attacking players don't have", the manager said shortly after the Chilean's arrival at Old Trafford. But all that good feeling generated inside Old Trafford at the weekend will mean nothing if the Reds fail to win tonight, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

The midfielder missed the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday after suffering an injury in training on Friday.

Then, on Thursday night, Arsenal will also be looking to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals when they take a 2-0 advantage back to the Emirates for their clash with AC Milan.

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United are in a good run of form this season, and they seem to be getting hotter at the flawless time. Knowing they conquered just two points on the road during the Champions League's group stage, we might see a cautious Sevilla here.

Manchester United have been in pretty good form at the moment.

"We have put a lot of planning and preparation into this game with different strategies and ideas on how we can hurt them". It was only when Mane and Firmino dropped deeper in the second half that Liverpool found a higher tempo, though too often a distance from goal.

As things stand after a tiresome affair in the first leg, it's 0-0, with no away goal for United in Spain, and Sevilla failing to capitalise on their home advantage.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Anthony Martial has recovered in time to feature in Manchester United's last 16 Champions League clash with Sevilla. That means United must win.

Vincenzo Montella acknowledged Manchester United have the players to worry him and he expects his Sevilla side to face a "very offensive" opponent at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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