Champions League: Sevilla expects an attacking Manchester United

Sevilla travel to Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday, and Vincenzo Montella is well aware their hosts are "on a roll".

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Manchester United players in training ahead of the Champions League match against Sevilla.   -  AP

Vincenzo Montella acknowledged Manchester United have the players to worry him and he expects his Sevilla side to face a "very offensive" opponent at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Sevilla travel to Manchester having drawn 0-0 with Jose Mourinho's men at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

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It was seen as a missed opportunity for Sevilla, given they controlled much of the game and saw Luis Muriel denied a goal by a remarkable David de Gea save just before half-time.

United have won all three of their matches since drawing in Seville, including coming from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and Saturday's 2-1 triumph over in-form Liverpool.

While Sevilla have lost two of their four league games since, with Valencia leaving Andalusia with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

 

And Montella is well aware of the task facing his side as they look to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

"I am as worried as I was in the first leg, because United have a strong physical and technical level," Montella told reporters on Monday.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was in inspired form to keep Sevilla at bay in the first leg.   -  AFP

"It is normal [to be worried] – they are top-level players and they have technique, physical prowess and strength.

"Looking at the first-leg team, his [Mourinho's] side had very offensive players like [Alexis] Sanchez, [Romelu] Lukaku, et cetera. Tomorrow, it will be the same, a Manchester United with very offensive players.

"We played an excellent match in the first leg, we have to play that to 180 minutes now.

"We have another chance tomorrow [Tuesday], we know that United have beaten Chelsea and Liverpool and have come back against Crystal Palace.

"They're on a roll, but we hope to interrupt United's good run. Mourinho is not used to losing at home, so maybe it'll be good to just draw 1-1."

Paul Pogba sat out the Liverpool win and only re-joined training for the second half of his team-mates' session on Monday, although Anthony Martial is fit to return.

Defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are expected to remain on the sidelines with midfielder Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took part in training before the Sevilla game, although it remains to be seen whether the veteran Swedish striker is in any condition for his first competitive action since Boxing Day.

Mourinho led Porto to an unlikely triumph in the 2003-04 competition and did likewise with Inter six years later.

Asked whether he felt he had a squad good enough to make it a hat-trick of titles with United, he replied: "Not yet.

"But when a team reaches the last eight anything is possible. Now, I have only one name in my mind. It is Sevilla. I know it is very difficult to go through.

"If we go to the quarter-final the opponent will always be one of the big names in European football. But we will try."

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