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Man Utd v Sevilla: UCL Match Preview


Jose Mourinho plays down United’s Champions League hopes.

Jose Mourinho talked down Manchester United’s chances of winning the Champions League ahead of Tuesday night’s second leg of their last-16 tie with Sevilla.

The fixture is finely balanced at 0-0 following a defensive display by Mourinho’s side in Spain, and the manager sounded dim talking about his chances of winning the trophy for a third time.

Mourinho said: “Not yet, but when a team reaches the last eight anything is possible. I know that it is very difficult to go through. If we go through to the quarter-final draw, it doesn’t matter the opponent – for us or for Sevilla – will always be one of the big names in European football, but we will try.”

Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla. Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind remain sidelined.

Sevilla are lacking options down their right-hand side, with former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas ruled out with injury.

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  • United have only lost one of their last nine home Champions League games against Spanish sides (W5 D3), against Real Madrid at this stage in 2012-13.
  • United haven’t managed to score more than one goal in any of their last 15 Champions League encounters with Spanish opposition.
  • Sevilla have never won a Champions League game in England.
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