Sevilla vs Manchester United Preview
Watch Sevilla vs Manchester United Preview, As both clubs meet in a Europa league in the second leg of the quarter finals match at Estadio Ramon.
Man United took a two-goal lead in the first leg at Old Trafford courtesy of a double from Marcel Sabitzer, but late own goals from Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire have left the teams level heading into this match.
Sevilla were second-best by a considerable distance in the opening 45 minutes against Man United at Old Trafford last week, with Sabitzer’s brace handing the Red Devils a 2-0 lead inside the first 21 minutes, and at that stage, it appeared that the English giants would be securing a strong first-leg advantage.
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side had other ideas, though, and they were rewarded for a much-improved second-half performance with two late goals, leaving the tie delicately poised heading into the second leg of the last-eight affair in Andalusia.
There is just something about Los Nervionenses and this competition, lifting the trophy on six occasions, which is a record, and it would certainly not be a shock to see them go all the way once again this season despite their struggles domestically in 2022-23.
Sevilla will have to win the Europa League if they are to be present in next season’s Champions League, as a disappointing La Liga campaign has left them down in 13th in the table, 16 points off fourth-placed Real Sociedad.
Mendilibar’s team have now picked up seven points from their last three league games, though, including a 2-0 success over Valencia at the weekend, and they will now be looking to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League at Man United’s expense, which would be a huge scalp in this season’s competition.
Team News and Injury
Sevilla will be without the services of Gonzalo Montiel, who is suspended due to the yellow card that he picked up in the first leg at Old Trafford last week.
Pape Gueye is also ineligible for the Spanish side in the Europa League, while Joan Jordan will be missing with the muscular problem that he picked up against Valencia last time out.
The bulk of the XI that took to the field for the first leg last week should again start here, with Ivan Rakitic, Oliver Torres, Tanguy Nianzou and Yassine Bounou set to return to the side after being rested from the first whistle against Valencia last time out.
However, there is expected to be a spot at centre-forward for Youssef En-Nesyri, who was surprisingly only a substitute against Man United at Old Trafford, with Erik Lamela picked to lead the line.
As for Man United, Bruno Fernandes is suspended following his yellow card in the first leg last week.
Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, Tom Heaton, Scott McTominay, Martinez and Varane are all definitely out through injuries, but the squad has been boosted with the return of four players.
Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Malacia and Sabitzer all trained on Wednesday morning and have travelled to Seville, although Shaw could be the only starter from the quartet.
Maguire and Victor Lindelof should continue in the middle of the defence, while Fred is expected to be brought into the midfield alongside Casemiro and Christian Eriksen.
Rashford might only be a substitute after his quick return to fitness, with Jadon Sancho and Antony set to operate alongside Anthony Martial in the final third of the field.
Sevilla vs Man United Head-to- head stats
Sevilla have an excellent record against Manchester United in European competitions and have won two of the four matches played between the two teams, with the other two games ending in draws.
Manchester United have played four games against Sevilla in European competitions without a single victory – only Atletico Madrid have been as successful as Sevilla against the Red Devils in this regard.
Jose Luis Mendilibar is managing his first home game for Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League – five of the club’s last six managers have secured victory in these matches.
Manchester United have lost only one of their last 12 matches away from home in the UEFA Europa League, with their only such defeat coming at the hands of AS Roma in 2021.
Manchester United’s Anthony Martial scored only one goal in seven appearances during his loan spell at Sevilla last season.
Sevilla vs Man utd Prediction
Manchester United are riddled with injuries at the moment and will need to bring the best out of their resources this week. With Marcus Rashford injured and Bruno Fernandes suspended, the likes of Antony and Jadon Sancho will need to step up in this fixture.
Sevilla have been inconsistent this season but have shown signs of improvement over the past month. Manchester United are the better team at the moment, however, and hold a slight upper hand going into this game.