Live Commentary: Manchester United vs. Sevilla

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Good evening and welcome to Sports Mole‘s live text coverage of Manchester United‘s Champions League showdown with Sevilla at Old Trafford.

The last-16 tie is finely poised after the Red Devils failed to score an away goal in Spain three weeks ago and only escaped with a 0-0 draw because of David de Gea.

Jose Mourinho took a more adventurous approach to Saturday’s match with Liverpool as Marcus Rashford‘s double earned United a confidence-boosting victory over their rivals.

United should be comforted by the fact that 70% of away sides who draw the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie 0-0 end up progressing to the next round.

Make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action with our minute-by-minute updates below.


7.25pmTheir defensive record has been the secret to United’s Old Trafford fortress. Only Barcelona (two) have conceded fewer goals in this season’s Champions League than United’s three.

7.23pmTheir outstanding home record should give the Red Devils confidence that they can get the job done tonight – they have won 15 of their 18 home games so far in all competitions this season.

7.21pmUnited are due a run deep into the Champions League, having struggled in the late Sir Alex Ferguson era. Since the 2011 final, United have won only one of their past eight knockout games, although this is the first year that they have reached the knockout stages of the competition in four years.

7.19pmWhen a Spanish side does not get in his way, there is no doubt that the Special One knows how to get things done in Europe. In 11 full seasons as manager in the Champions League, Mourinho has reached the quarter-finals eight times, falling only at this stage in 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2014-15.

7.17pmSpanish sides are Mourinho’s kryptonite in the Champions League. Five of his seven losses, in a total of 69 Champions League home games as manager, have been against teams from La Liga.

7.15pmHowever, it is usually low scoring when the Red Devils face La Liga opponents, and that might favour Sevilla in this instance if they can find an away goal. United have only bagged seven goals in 15 previous matches against Spanish sides, failing to score more than once in a single one of those games.

7.13pmUnited have an excellent record against Spanish sides at Old Trafford, having only lost one of their past nine home Champions League games – against Real Madrid at this stage in 2012-13.

7.11pmSTAT: Something which nervy United fans can lean on here; 70% of away sides who draw the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie 0-0 end up progressing to the next round.

7.09pmJoaquin Correa is recalled as another former Man City player – Nolito – is axed from the team which lost 2-0 to Valencia on Saturday, their second defeat in four matches since the first leg.

7.07pmThere is only one change for to the Sevilla XI which started at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and again that is defensively minded with experienced defender Simon Kjaer in for Jesus Navas.

7.05pmMuriel was guilty of missing a golden chance for Sevilla in the first leg. Here is a reminder of the brilliant David de Gea save that denied the striker and kept the tie goalless heading to Old Trafford.

7.03pmVisiting manager Vincenzo Montella has signalled his intention to perform a Mourinho-esque smash-and-grab on United by leaving out top scorer Wissam Ben Yedder, who has 15 goals for the season including six in the Champions League. Luis Muriel starts as the lone striker again.

7.01pmSevilla are without defenders Sebastien Corchia and Daniel Carrico, who failed a late fitness test Ex-Manchester City winger Jesus Navas is still nursing an injury and does not make the squad.

6.59pmEric Bailly emerged from his first start in three months unscathed to play again at centre-back this evening, which is a relief with Mourinho’s options there limited by injuries to Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. Ander Herrera, who started in the first leg, and Daley Blind, are also unavailable for United.

6.57pmJesse Lingard is recalled as Mourinho goes with a 4-2-3-1 formation, as opposed to the more conservative three-man midfield that the Special One fielded in the first leg. United need to take the attack to Sevilla in the first half, as they did with Liverpool, otherwise this could get sticky in the second.

6.55pmAfter his brilliant two-goal haul against their Merseyside foes, Marcus Rashford earns back-to-back starts as he is preferred to Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, who is named among the substitutes after missing the last two matches. The Frenchman has been a super sub for United last season.

6.53pmPaul Pogba is back on the United bench after missing this weekend’s win over Liverpool, but Mourinho chooses not to start the Frenchman and instead hands Marouane Fellaini a first start since Novemebr, signalling his faith in the Belgian midfielder. Scott McTominay drops out of the XI.

6.51pmSEVILLA: Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Banega, Sarabia, Vazquez, Correa; Muriel
Subs: Ben Yedder, Geis, Soria, Pizarro, Pareja, Nolito, Lopes

6.49pmMANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young; Matic, Fellaini; Alexis, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Mata, McTominay, Pogba, Martial

6.47pmBecause of United’s failure to score in Spain last month, or more appropriately their willingness not to try, this tie is finely poised ahead of tonight’s second leg. An away goal for Sevilla would leave United needing to score two, which they haven’t done in their last 15 games with La Liga opposition.

6.45pmThe big games come thick and fast at this stage of the season, and after beating Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, Manchester United aim to join their fierce rivals in the last eight of the Champions League, but must first overcome Sevilla with the scores deadlocked at 0-0 from the first leg.

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