Manchester United are set to square up against Sevilla at Old Trafford for the deciding leg of their Champions League tie.
With a 0-0 scoreline in Spain, the match will be won and lost in this game. The La Liga side will certainly fancy their chances, as scoring a goal will ensure that they will have the away goal advantage to their name, and very well see through to the next round.
United, on the other hand, will be hoping to utilise their recent run of good games to leapfrog into a daunting position against their opponents. Here’s how the two sides are likely to lineup:
The Red Devils still have a worrying injury list on their hand, lessened only by Fellaini’s return to fitness against Liverpool.
The biggest misses will be those of Martial and Pogba, as an undoubted creative spurt will be taken from the team. Regardless, the return to training of Jones and Rojo might hold some hope for a team that will have to be at its defensive best.
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Upfront, Sanchez is bound to get the no.10 spot yet again, and Lingard might serve as a better alternative to Mata for the home fixture. Rashford’s phenomenal game against Liverpool is also likely to assure him a start.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young
Midfielders: McTominay, Matic
Attackers: Lingard, Sanchez, Rashford; Lukaku
The Spanish side is eager to prove that it is a team that is worthy of Champions League football, and as of such, will be desperate to go through to the quarter-finals.
Vincenzo Montella currently faces the absence of Jesus Navas, whose calf injury may sideline him for the outing. Lionel Carole’s hamstring injury will likewise render him absent, while the recovering Sebastien Corchia may put in a cameo role.
What will be interesting is that while United are tied with Barcelona as the best defensive side in this season’s Champions League, having let in just 2 goals, Sevilla’s record is more worrying, as their 12 conceded goals are the most of any side left in the competition.
Defenders: Layun, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero
Midfielders: Nzonzi, Banega, Sarabia, Vazquez, Correa