Champions League: Jose Mourinho unsure of Paul Pogba's availability for Sevilla clash

Doug Mendoza
March 13, 2018

Jose Mourinho has told his players that Manchester United's win over Liverpool on Saturday was just the prelude to "live or die" games against Sevilla and Brighton.

United return to action on Tuesday evening, for their decisive second leg Champions League clash against La Liga side Sevilla.

United held Sevilla 0-0 away from home in the first leg and will now look to pocket the tie at home in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

"We need to take the confidence from this game into future games". "We won against Chelsea and of course (on Saturday), so confidence will be on a high level, for sure", said Matic after the Liverpool win.

The 20-year-old has played in 27 Premier League matches this season, however just a handful of those appearances have seen him complete the full 90 minutes, with new signing Alexis Sanchez seen by many as yet another threat to any sort of continued inclusion. We had also the in the first half (a chance) to finish the game and make it 3-0 but we didn't use our chance. "Things this manager wants are becoming more clear to me".

Scott McTominay is showing himself to be a reliable partner for Nemanja Matic in a two-man central midfield and offers greater defensive discipline than Pogba, whose best position is on the left of a three-man alignment.

Fellow academy graduate Lingard, who had to bide his time at Old Trafford before making an impact, backed his friend to succeed.

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However, United defied the odds to claim a crucial 2-1 victory against their bitter rivals, as well as opening a five point lead to their nearest rivals in the Premier League table, something to which Shearer says should be admired, despite the style of play used to get there.

"The good thing was the first chance he had, he got it, he scored because I think in the last two months that was not happening with him", added Mourinho.

While Liverpool enjoyed the bulk of possession, especially in the second half, United's back four showed other timeless qualities providing solid, organised defence and gave little space to their opponents.

For goalkeeper Loris Karius, it was a frustrating afternoon and a first half to learn from.

"If it (dropping to the bench) happens again you will probably deal with it better than the first time it happened to you".

"That's our own fault, we have to ask ourselves that question".

Lovren was powerless as the Belgian easily shrugged him off after 14 minutes to flick on to Rashford, who had got the wrong side of Trent Alexander-Arnold. "We didn't defend the counter-attack so good when they had their moments".

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