Manchester United vs. Sevilla

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Manchester United vs. Sevilla

"So, of course, knockout becomes more important than league matches".

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho defended Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager left his technical area to fume at defender Dejan Lovren on Saturday. I think we're playing against a team that didn't lose against Liverpool home and away - scored goals in Liverpool and drew the match in Liverpool and when I say Liverpool, it's an example of a very good team and an example of an important stadium with big tradition.

Sharing an image of himself and his mother, Melanie, holding the Premier League award, Rashford wrote: "Thank you for all you do".

Cameras have since shown what Mourinho was writing, and it's literally a prediction of United's opening goal.

Klopp, however, did add that he will aim to get his troops back to their best ahead of their game against Watford next weekend.

"This isn't a vintage United side, but it's not as bad as the detractors would suggest", Andy Mitten, editor of the United We Stand fanzine, told AFP.

Mourinho went on to defend his management of Rashford - a player who has made 40 appearances across all competitions this season and 93 in total under United's current coach.

Mourinho needs to tighten his defense - although they mostly looked great against Liverpool - and ride the scoring touch of Rashford and Romelu Lukaku to another big Champions League victory.

The last-16 tie is delicately balanced at 0-0 after Mourinho resorted to type by concentrating on obtaining a clean sheet at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan three weeks ago. A more pragmatic approach, if it works, is likely to get a more sympathetic reception these days.

It remains to be seen what role, if any, Pogba plays in those fixtures as is going to be short of match sharpness.

Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet has insisted that his team "are ready" for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford was exceptional at Old Trafford and should start yet again. Manchester United have the edge over the rest of the clubs.

"The fans they can do what they want".

Mourinho has a dilemma whether to play Pogba, even if fit, after his midfield pairing of Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay impressed against Liverpool.

"Around the second balls we were not there and we can not leave Dejan alone in the challenge there and nobody's around for the second ball". Will they pull the upset, or will United hold on?

"I think Martin Atkinson, after so many years of this, I think made the right decision".

Mourinho has a long history for producing teams that compete without stress when the stakes are highest and he continually comes up trumps in knockout competitions.

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