Manchester United will bank on a string of positive results as they prepare to host Sevilla in their UEFA Champions League return leg on Tuesday at Old Trafford from 19.45 GMT.
The Red Devils have won three on the bounce since their 0-0 draw against the Spanish side in late February. In two of those fixtures, they clawed back from the jaws of defeat to emerge victorious. Over the weekend, Jose Mourinho unleashed a tactical masterpiece in their 2-1 success over rivals Liverpool.
Mourinho will be called upon to manoeuvre his way past an ultra-attacking side. Questions have been raised on his team selection and if he will maintain the same side that beat Liverpool.
Scott McTominay has emerged as a player who has risen through the youth system and even at some point disposed Paul Pogba during a difficult time for the Frenchman. He is expected to start as Mourinho has shown faith in his abilities by playing him in big matches.
The home side will be without Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who are absentees through injury. Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Ander Hererra are doubtful for this match.
Rashford to start
After a brilliant brace against Liverpool, Marcus Rashford is expected to start on the left wing in a forward three that also has Juan Mata on the right and Romelu Lukaku as the striker. This system could change depending on Pogba’s availability. Judging from the first leg, Mourinho would favour a compact midfield to avoid being outplayed.
Recent history shows that United have not lost at home in a European tie since their 1-2 loss during the Sir Alex Ferguson era in 2013 to Real Madrid. On that night, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner in his return to Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s men have won four of their last six matches whereas Sevilla won three in six matches. They however succumbed to a 0-2 loss to Valencia at home on Saturday. A win of any nature for United will be enough to sail through to the quarter-finals while any scored draw will enable Seville to qualify on the away goals rule.