Manchester United Given Big Fitness Boosts Ahead Of Sevilla Clash
Mar 14 2018 by Dustin Murphy
The Frenchman was absent from the lineup to face Liverpool on Saturday due to a last minute injury in the training session.
Paul Pogba did not train on Monday morning with his United teammates, which could mean Scott McTominay continues in the middle with Nemanja Matic even though Mourinho revealed at the press conference, "We don't know yet [whether Pogba would play]".
And with the onus now on United to attack, to bring the fight, Mourinho simply can not neglect the explosive attacking influence offered out wide by Martial.
The 36-year-old is the longest-serving player at Old Trafford, having joined from Tottenham in 2006 and gone onto win the Champions League and five Premier League titles, among many other trophies. They lost to English opposition last season when Leicester City beat them 3-2 on aggregate.
What may gall Mourinho the most will be that opposite number Vincenzo Montella's game plan is one the United manager has utilised to such good effect on so many occasions in the past.
The first leg between Sevilla and Manchester United ended in a goalless draw last month. The downside, though, is that any Sevilla goal tilts the balance to the away side, given that United failed to score away from home. Alexis Sanchez had been underwhelming on the left anyway so Mourinho may consider utilising the Chilean more centrally again and allowing Rashford, a player surely imbued with confidence, to slot in on the left once more.
But I think if we go to the last eight, life goes on and life goes on means that we will have hypothetically a quarter-final tie - we don't go to the quarter-finals thinking that we have no chance.
The teams battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg a couple of weeks ago ahead of tonight's decisive match, where a draw simply won't do and a place in the quarter-finals is at stake.
Antonio Valencia has been effective in most games this season and should keep his place as a right-back while Luke Shaw could replace Ashley Young, who put in a superb shift at the weekend.