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Andy Mitten: No issue between Pogba and Mourinho

13 March 2018

The first leg in Seville finished 0-0, thanks largely to a superb first-half save from United's David de Gea.

Do you think Sandro would improve United's starting XI? Nobody in Seville expected to progress when the draw was made but the current score - and the potential value that an away goal carries - is at least tantalising enough to keep them dreaming.

With Champions League out of their way, Paris Saint-Germain were back to their best in a 5-0 drubbing of Metz at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

Thankfully, visiting teams rarely find joy at Old Trafford these days.

However, United know Spurs will not let Alderweireld move on without a fight, meaning that the Red Devils could turn their attention to the cheaper option of £20m-rated Papastathopoulos instead. Even better, they are rounding into form at exactly the right time.

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As a result, it seems a handshake will do little to brush the drama under the carpet and Robbie Fowler drew up a damning theory on Pogba and Mourinho in his column for the Mirror.

Marcus Rashford's supposed lack of playing time has concerned those bizarrely preoccupied with England's World Cup squad. Does he play every match from the start? Paul Pogba was a late scratch after reportedly being gashed on the leg during Friday's training session. When he is fit, his manager will have to decide where - or if - he can accommodate Pogba and Rashford in the same team.

Anthony Martial also sat out with a thigh injury.

Sevilla have lost two of their last four games, conceding seven goals. He could have stuck with Alexis Sanchez wide-left but was repaid with two goals by giving Rashford his first Premier League start in 2018.

Given the reports and rumours around their relationship at the moment, Lampard is probably right with Mourinho receiving a massive reaction whether he selects the midfielder or not. "I don't care about anything else", said Mourinho. "To return ahead of time, he did fantastic work to recover outside the club with the people who have his trust". Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in training and will no doubt be pushing to make the bench on Tuesday.

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Mourinho was happier with the atmosphere after his recent criticisms, though he didn't appreciate the supporters' reaction to a stray Scott McTominay pass at one point.

Boosted by breaking his drought, Rashford then swept home a second 10 minutes later with the Liverpool defence again scrambling after Lukaku had outmuscled Dejan Lovren. Valencia overcame Sevilla by the same margin courtesy of a Rodrigo brace to put further distance between themselves and the Sevillistas in the hunt for a Champions League finish. "So, of course, knockout becomes more important than league matches".

"It is a big opportunity for us, " said the Italian, who will be without former Manchester City wide man Jesus Navas through injury. He played the full 90 minutes in the first leg and will be a big loss for Sevilla.

The noise was as loud as it has been for years with rousing, primal screams of "United!" coming from the Stretford End, as well as J and K stands.

"We deserved to win", Conte said.

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In one of the final games of the round of 16 in this year's Champions League - Manchester United will lock horns with Sevilla for a place in the Quarter-finals.

Andy Mitten: No issue between Pogba and Mourinho