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Sevilla prepared to 'suffer' against Man United at Old Trafford - Montella

13 Mars 2018

The Anfield club host Watford on Merseyside on Saturday, before then facing Crystal Palace away two weeks later due to the worldwide break.

"In the second half we did well but the first half of course was not really good so it's frustrating in the end, because you ask yourself why we didn't play as good (as we did in the) second half after the game", he told his club's website.

United also closed to within 13 points of Manchester City, but barring a late-season collapse by the runaway league leaders, that gap looks unbridgeable. It's better than playing that last play-off, which is always a risk, and be already qualified. He planned to stop Liverpool's talented front three, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, getting the ball and his gambit largely worked: Jurgen Klopp's side, who would have gone above United had they won, were defeated for the first time in seven league games.

Manchester United enter this pivotal round-of-sixteen decider on a major high.

"The kid has been brilliant for 18 months". He was upset with a player and the same happened to me against Crystal Palace, where I was upset with my player and therefore [the officials] understood that too. "It's not because they're out of favour".

The bigger picture is shaping up quite nicely for Manchester United and Mike Holden thinks they should win comfortably against a defensively shaky Sevilla.

However, United know Spurs will not let Alderweireld move on without a fight, meaning that the Red Devils could turn their attention to the cheaper option of £20m-rated Papastathopoulos instead. He then predominantly played just off the left wing, providing valuable assistance for his side to use Marcus Rashford as their main outlet.

The "childish" decision making continued against Burnley, where he shot rather than passed, much to Romelu Lukaku's chagrin.

That United were assisted in their quest by a slipshod Liverpool is indisputable.

While Liverpool enjoyed the bulk of possession, especially in the second half, United's back four showed other timeless qualities providing solid, organised defence and gave little space to their opponents.

A spell on the bench has reinforced Rashford's confidence.

That's exactly what Mourinho has done with Rashford, and it's paid off.

Rashford's mentality is unlikely to ever trouble Jose Mourinho.

Moreover, United could also beat City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the Champions League, though they have to get past Sevilla first.

A lot of it is illegible but "2nd ball" and "Rom" can clearly be made out.

With the abundance of options that Mourinho has for the left flank, him handling Rashford in a stern manner was very necessary.

Mourinho may have passed a couple of hurdles and thrown the monkey off his back by beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool in quick succession to consolidate the team's position at second spot in the league, but he is yet to deliver in Cup tournaments, which will be due in the coming days.

Sevilla prepared to 'suffer' against Man United at Old Trafford - Montella