Following their impressive 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on the weekend, Manchester United would be approaching their tie against Sevilla with a positive bent of mind, focused on winning and progressing to the next stage. Yet Mourinho believes the games against Sevilla and Brighton are more important as they are sudden-death contests.
After playing out a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago in Spain, Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side will look to carry on their recent fine run of form when they welcome Sevilla to Old Trafford on Tuesday night. But nothing is decided yet.
Mourinho's men have been written off at various points this campaign and major questions were asked and decisions queries ahead of each of their last three league games.
And Mourinho warned that their victories over Chelsea and Liverpool would mean nothing if they did not get the job done. I don't feel we have any advantage in this moment.
"Liverpool pushed us into defensive situation but we kept control".
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.
"I see him here", said Mourinho. "The win puts us in a good position in the league, but we have still got a long way to go so we need to keep pushing". It is the forward's first prolonged spell out of the team since making a blistering start to his career in 2016.
Since then, the United boss has ordered his scouts to constantly update him on Justin's development, incase he shows signs of potentially being as good as his dad, which he has. "I don't know what Real Madrid's intentions are, but if they were (thinking of De Gea) they should think of another player".
"It's something you have to accept".
The 21-year-old, who has recently chosen to play for Scotland over England, was placed alongside Matic in a midfield pivot after Paul Pogba suffered an injury on the eve of the game.
He is not the only player posing selection posers for Mourinho, though, with Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind also nursing knocks which kept them out of United's latest training session. "I don't know", the manager said.
The Frenchman was absent from the lineup to face Liverpool on Saturday due to a last minute injury in the training session. The French global took part in some of the training session today and I think he'll be passed fit to start tomorrow.
Klopp said he was pleased with his side's reaction after they were 2-0 behind after only 24 minutes.