It has been far too long since we’ve seen Manchester United play in a Champions League knockout game, but tomorrow evening, we get that opportunity.
Jose Mourinho leads his men into a two-legged tie against Spanish side Sevilla, who’ll undoubtedly provide a tough test for the Red Devils, particularly in the away fixture.
With games like this, you want all your best players available, and Mourinho provided the all-important team news before the heavyweight clash.
“I didn’t rest anyone other than [David] De Gea,” he told ManUtd.com. “Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera, [Antonio] Valencia have a chance.
“Paul Pogba? I don’t know. [Marcos] Rojo, [Phil] Jones, [Marouane] Fellaini, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], I don’t think they have any chance.”
Thankfully, he confirmed that David de Gea was rested at the weekend, whereas Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia could all play. Paul Pogba remains a doubt, though.
However, there was some bad news for Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, and, of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The quartet are looking likely to miss the encounter, leaving the gaffer with some team selection headaches, particularly at the back.
Although our opponents have been in poor form of late, make no mistake, they’re an excellent side. Don’t forget that they won back-to-back-to-back Europa League titles before we broke their grip on the competition last season.
I’d love to see a 4-3-3 deployed in order to control the all-important midfield battle, but with Fellaini out injured, I’m not sure if the gaffer will play it that way. We’ll just have to wait and see.