Manchester United v Sevilla talking points

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Consecutive Premier League wins against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Liverpool have The Red Devils in second place of the standings, but now the team needs to switch the focus to the UEFA Champions League.

The Champions League last-16, second-leg clash at Old Trafford is finely poised after the first leg 0-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Speaking at a news conference later in the day, manager Jose Mourinho told reporters Pogba joined his team-mates after the section of training open to the media.

In defence Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are all doubts for this game, while Paul Pogba could also face a late fitness test after picking up a knock.

Olivier Giroud provided a welcome focal point for Chelsea in their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace - giving Blues boss Antonio Conte a hard decision to make as he plans his team for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Barcelona. At Old Trafford on Tuesday, Manchester United will play hosts to Sevilla in their second leg fixture, with the tie hanging in the balance after the first leg three weeks ago.

Fans do not expect to the team to lift a fourth Champions League/European Cup this season, but they do expect to advance beyond Sevilla and to put up a good show in the competition.

The Reds boss felt that his side were deserving of more for their response after going 2-0 down in just 24 minutes.

Liverpool entered Saturday's match against Manchester United as the Premier League's in-form side, having outperformed Manchester City in 2018 and looking likely to finish next best to them in the final table. In 2004 his Porto side denied Deportivo following a 0-0 draw in Portugal in the first leg, winning the return match 1-0 in Spain, but within a year his Chelsea side were being beaten 1-0 by Luis Garcia's "ghost goal" for Liverpool following a 0-0 semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

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

Incredulity greeted the raising of an electronic board to indicate six minutes of stoppage time, but United held on for victory against Liverpool to end a run of four straight draws and a Europa League defeat.

Jose Mourinho's injury problems seem to be improving, if only just, ahead of Sevilla's visit.

Tonight's opposition Sevilla have had mixed form since they met United at home and have fallen away from the top four.

"Right now, I'm probably not learning the most on the pitch", Rashford said.

"Liverpool is Liverpool, it is a big match, it is a match against a direct competition for the top four, but nothing is decided yet".

Vardy's stunning one-touch volley finish, off of a flawless 30-yard lob pass from Riyad Mahrez, was a reminder of the telepathic connection the two seemed to share during Leicester's once in a lifetime title run two seasons ago.

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