Projecting the best Manchester United starting line-up for the Sevilla clash
Manchester United's predicted starting eleven for their key UCL clash against Spanish side Sevilla.
Manchester United play Sevilla in the second leg of thier UEFA Champions League last 16 tie, with the first leg having resulted in a 0-0 drab draw. It is an intense encounter for both teams, with a place in the last eight hanging in the balance.
United come into this game on the back of three big victories. After coming from behind against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, United won rather comfortably against arch rivals Liverpool 2-1.
However, Jose Mourinho would be well aware of the importance of this week's two fixtures. Whilst the game against Sevilla would decide United's report card in Europe, the game on Sunday against Brighton in the FA Cup is another must win.
Therefore it will be intriguing to see if Jose rotates the squad for this match or fields his best eleven. Going by his recent choices, not a lot of rotation should be expected. Eric Bailly had a slight ankle issue during the Liverpool match, Pogba had a knock during training while Martial, Blind, Herrera and Ibrahimovic remain on the injury list.
#3 Defence and Goalkeeper
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
David De Gea in goal may again prove to be pivotal for Manchester United. Although United would be looking to win, they will also have to make sure they do not concede away goals. With this tie hanging in the balance, a few saves from Dave may be in the offering.
Right Back: Antonio Valencia
Stand-in captain, Valencia would be required to put in another industrious performance and play a key 90 minutes. This will be a very challenging week for Valencia with Jose probably looking to play him in all the three important ties. If this tie goes well, he may be substituted early enough so as to rest him a little for the weekend.
Centre Backs: Chris Smalling & Victor Lindelof
With Bailly probably out injured, Jose could have to go back to Smalling and Lindelof who had started in a few games prior to the Liverpool match. Although Bailly scored an own goal against Liverpool, he remains the standout defender for United and therefore the selection of centre-backs may depend on the physio's verdict.
Left Back: Ashley Young
Ashley Young had a good game against Liverpool, he kept Mohamed Salah quiet for an entire game. With United looking for a win, attacking full backs may be the call for the day. Hence Young may again find himself on the teamsheet ahead of Luke Shaw.