Man United Captain Carrick Confirms Plans To Retire At End Of Season

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

Manchester United will bid to become the third English side to reach this year's Champions League quarter-finals when they face Sevilla at Old Trafford in the second leg of their last-16 encounter. I say Liverpool to show that Sevilla is a really good team and the result of the first leg is one that leaves everything open.

United will be without Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind, who all missed out through various problems.

As things stand after a tiresome affair in the first leg, it's 0-0, with no away goal for United in Spain, and Sevilla failing to capitalise on their home advantage. The rest of the defensive unit should stay the same, with the onus on Clement Lenglet, to marshall the back-four.

One to watch: One man who has been in form of late for the visitors is Pablo Sarabia. However, they did take part in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial back in August 2013, winning 3-1. Luis Muriel's strength and power will also come in handy, apart from his abilities in front of goal. Just before the first goal, James Milner's corner kick landed bang in the middle of the United box without a single Liverpool player at the far post.

In a news conference on Monday, Manchester United Captain Michael Carrick confirmed what most had been anticipating all along this season- that it will be his last as a player.

Sevilla have lost all three of their previous UEFA Champions League Round of 16 ties.

For a man who apparently disdains the promotion of youth players, Mourinho deserves enormous credit for giving McTominay a start in one of the biggest games of United's season just a few days on from a shocking display at Crystal Palace.

Sevilla have never won in six trips to England (D3 L3). The French midfielder has been a revelation for the Andalucian side, screening the back-four remarkably. "I'm not upset at all with that reaction", insisted Mourinho.

"We have to defend these situations better".

While it is all too easy to criticise assessments of Mourinho's tactics this season as "negative" - "It seems to be working out alright for him so far" - there is a sense in which the low-risk football that the Portuguese employs is deeply unfashionable in the Champions League.

Can they break the jinx?

Mourinho-managed teams, too, are hard to beat when they are ahead - a fact highlighted by a prolific Liverpool side's struggles to break down United after the Portuguese set his side up defensively in the second period following Marcus Rashford's two-goal salvo in the first 24 minutes.

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