Sevilla vs Manchester United: English side arrive with injury problemsFebruary 21, 2018
Having only lost once in their last nine, Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla look to capitalise on Manchester United’s injury crisis as the pair meet in the Champions League round of 16.
The visitors travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium without defenders Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones along with Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who too remain sidelined.
Alexis Sanchez is set to make his Champions League debut for the Reds following his January move from Arsenal and United manager Jose Mourinho hopes to see the return of midfield trio Marcos Rashford, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba after they were ruled out of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
Sevilla have injury concerns themselves, Joaquin Correa sustained a reported hamstring problem in the 2-1 win over Las Palmas at the weekend and is a major doubt, questions also remain over Nolito’s fitness meaning that Montella is short of options on the left-hand side of his attack..
Last month’s signing Miguel Layun is ineligible having featured in the group stage for Porto and while Luis Muriel was fit enough to make the bench against Las Palmas on Saturday, he is expected to lead the line.
Ever Banega may play a part despite missing the home side’s last two games and Simon Kjaer is back in training following his back injury.
Montella has a decision to make regarding Sergio Escudero, Éver Banega and Gabriel Mercado as they are all currently one booking away from a one-match ban.
Despite the absentees, the LaLiga outfit head into the tie off the back of a three game win streak and can take great confidence as they are yet to suffer a home defeat in the Champions League this season.
In fact, the Sevillistas Los Rojiblancos have only lost once at home all season with the blip coming in the thrilling 5-3 LaLiga defeat to Real Betis.
However, their solid home form will mean nothing, if they are unable to address their leaky back line. Having shipped 12 goals in the group stages including five to Liverpool alone, Montella’s defence will have to be at their best not to concede an away goal.
Mourinho’s side have only beat Spanish opposition twice in their last 11 attempts including the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid at the start of the season.
While the Premier League giants may have endured a poor start to their campaign, they have shown great capabilities and are looking to record their sixth Champions League win of the season.
Sevilla: Rico, Escudero, Lenglet, Mercado, Navas, Pizarro, N’Zonzi, Nolito, Vazquez, Sarabia, Muriel
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Bailly, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Sanchez, Lingard, Mata, Lukaku