Sevilla: Montella warns Man Utd ahead of Champions League showdown

Mourinho clearly would have seen it as a calculated gamble, with Champions League history being largely on United's side as they look to complete the second half of the task by winning at home in the second leg.

And Pogba did not appear initially for Monday's session at the AON Training Complex at Carrington as United prepared for the return leg after a 0-0 draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

He has not played since Dec 26.

French midfielder Pogba missed the 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday due to injury, paving the way for Sanchez to move inside with Marcus Rashford starting for the first time this year in the Premier League on the left. With Mourinho at the helm, it is possible that United's struggles could be over. I know it is very hard to go through.

Yes, it would have been better had Alexis Sanchez stood out or if Paul Pogba had been fit to start and star, but those two will get plenty of chances to shine and they'll need to.

"You know why? Well we might not win the league this year, but everybody loves watching them play, I love watching them play".

"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", Carrick added, discussing his health problem. "It's kind of been sorted out but we're still talking about it so there is nothing to totally confirm yet", he said.

Liverpool had more possession and did more with the ball than United, but against a Jose Mourinho side having more possession and doing more with the ball often doesn't end up with three points given the Portuguese manager's tactical tendencies.

"The two goals made the game not easy, we had a lot of OK moments, two good moments in the first half where we could finish better".

Ander Herrera would happily concede the Premier League title to Manchester City in exchange for Champions League glory at Manchester United.

Mourinho did not hold back when asked about De Boer's comments during his news conference ahead of today's Champions League last 16, second leg tie against Sevilla. "We trained that of course", Klopp was quoted as saying by the Independent.

On Tuesday, the Manchester United boss will be able to welcome one player back from the sidelines, although he can still be without as many as six first-team players.

"Liverpool is Liverpool, it is a big match", Mourinho said. "But Sevilla and Brighton are "live or die" games so the next two are much more important than this one".

Alternatively, Mourinho can buy a few experienced players so as to give players such as Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw or Victor Lindelof a source of learning. I'm really happy too. Does he play every match from the start?

United need to beat Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to guarantee progress into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013.

  • Salvatore Jensen