Cape Town - Not quite a battle of
the immovable object against the unstoppable force, but Sevilla
is well worth a watch.
United have lost two
of their last four outings and both of those losses came away from home. Jose
Mourinho still has question marks over his best XI and how to work Paul Pogba
into the mix. Now, he must go - as the reigning Europa League winner - to the home
of the 2016 Europa League champions.
Sevilla are not the
team in this competition that they transform into when playing in Europe’s
B-list event. They have lost all three of their ties at this stage including to
Leicester last year. The hosts can however lean on history with their record
against English sides firmly in the positive; Manchester City the only side to
beat them on Andalusian soil.
The Red Devils are
indeed the side needing to reverse some rotten away form. They’ve won just two
of nine away games (D4 L3) and have an overall record on the road which reads
W3 D10 L10.
Fans of the English
side can look to Mourinho’s sound record against Sevilla, the Portuguese has
tasted defeat just once to Sevilla in eight outings scoring almost four goals a
game in that time.
The performance of
Romelu Lukaku against Huddersfield in the FA Cup will please Mourinho with
Alexis Sanchez getting better acquainted with his new surroundings all the
Pogba - whether
briefly sick or just disgruntled over Sanchez’ arrival - should return for this
clash and will be key to deciding the contest on Wednesday. The Frenchman, when
he decides, is one of the best players in the world and could rip Sevilla apart
on his own. Throw in Lukaku and Sanchez and United could wrap up the tie like
Liverpool did against Porto last week.
You can back Pogba to score anytime - and at the same
time quash and of the rumours he’s unhappy - at 34/10 or jump on the 9/2
on offer for the match to be a draw at half-time and then the visitors to win it
in the second 45.