Manchester United vs Sevilla

Despite the Red Devils holding the advantage of playing the second leg at home without a deficit to overcome, Sevilla president Jose Castro believes his side are on the cusp of reaching the last eight of European football's premier cup competition for the first since 1957/58.

"If you can have them all the time then that's what everybody wants". Pep Guardiola's side walloped the Ukrainians 7-0 in the second game at the Allianz Arena, the largest margin following a scoreless opening game in Champions League history.

"After the heart issue, I had two or three days thinking 'am I going to carry on?' I got back fit and wanted to finish on my own terms".

Antony Martial has suffered as well but it is their biggest young talent, Marcus Rashford, who has suffered the most.

Tottenham bounced back from their bitterly disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus by coming from behind to thrash Bournemouth and leapfrog Liverpool into third. "It says nothing. In modern football you have to live day by day, week by week and match by match".

This is perfectly balanced.

Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: "After a week with two big games, what can we say about the next one. If I finished the session one minute before it wouldn't have happened". This has fueled doubts over his availability for the Sevilla game.

"Right now, I'm probably not learning the most on the pitch", said the former academy graduate, who hopes to play a key role for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation. "It's something you have to accept", Carrick said.

"I'm totally fine now, took a bit of time to get over".

"I still see myself as a winger because I've played there for so long".

United are not now being tipped for the crown with the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating the odds. They'll sit in and pick Besiktas off at will, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller sensing the right moments to strike.

"We didn't take it for granted, but it was just what we did for so, so many years".

This team still have issues despite the 3-0 win at the weekend but they are slowly getting a response.

If the Spanish side can keep the hosts out for an hour and maybe even go ahead themselves, the tension will surely ratchet up in the home crowd and that should work in Sevilla's favour.

In his absence, though, the midfield duo of Scott McTominay and Nemja Matic held firm, helping to neutralise arguably the Premier League's most exciting attack.

  • Julie Sanders