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Big Match Focus: Manchester United v Sevilla

Big Match Focus: Manchester United v Sevilla

United have won three straight matches since the first-leg draw, with morale-boosting successes against Chelsea and Crystal Palace complemented by Saturday's 2-1 triumph over Liverpool.

Eric Bailly's weird own goal gave Liverpool hope in the second half, but United held on for a first victory over their North West rivals since January, 2016. I can't know for sure, but I'm not so sure.

"We need to score one goal, and at home, we had the opportunities".

"Rude and Uneducated" (Franz Beckenbauer) and "The enemy of football" (Volker Roth) - these are some of the names that current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been called as over the years.

United have improved their form this season, and are now 10 points better off than at the same stage in 2017/18 after beating Liverpool 2-1 in the North West Derby on Saturday. They also registered a comeback 3-2 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after losing 0-2 early in the second half earlier this past week.

Supporters flocked towards the directors box chanting "sack the board" at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, while another ran onto the field to grab the corner flag. While Manchester United are certainly not usually considered to be underdogs, even in the upper echelons of Europe, the veteran coach is very good at turning narratives in his favour, allowing United to play the style he wants.

"You can't be depressed around me, I'm always winding him up", Lingard said with a smile.

Matters on the pitch added to the vitriolic mood, with Ashley Barnes and a Chris Wood double steering Burnley to a second win in a week, closing the gap on sixth-placed Arsenal, who host Watford on Sunday, to two points.




United's performance against Liverpool worked without Pogba because Mourinho employed a low block with two holding midfielders, with the emphasis more on the visitors to attack.

Indeed, Rashford may have been sidelined once more but for a late injury suffered by Paul Pogba.

"His determination to improve is the biggest feature I've picked up from his game", Rashford said of his team-mate. We are going to try to prove that we are better [than the first leg] and to try to win the match tomorrow.

"We have to defend these situations better".

'I'M REALLY HAPPY WITH RASHFORD'"I read some quotes from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League".

Their European pedigree is highlighted by winning the Uefa Cup in 2006 and 2007, and the competition rebranded as the Europa League three years on the trot between 2014 and 2016.

They might be a distant second to City but the 56 goals scored in 30 games is already more than they netted in the whole of last season.

Everton beat Brighton 2-0, while Swansea drew 0-0 at Huddersfield despite having Jordan Ayew sent off.