LIVE: Sevilla vs Manchester United

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S. N’Zonzi

Yellow Card


21′ N’Zonzi catches Sanchez with a high boot as he tries to reach the ball on the edge of the penalty area, and he ends up receiving the first yellow card of the evening.

21′ Sarabia makes a clever run into the box as he tries to latch onto a looping cross from Escudero, but Young is there to nod the ball behind for a corner. The set-piece is whipped in by Banega and finds Lenglet, who manages to get his head on the ball but can’t send it towards goal.

19′ Pogba quickly gets himself involved in the thick of the action as he charges down the right wing, but he doesn’t have the pace to deal with Escudero and quickly loses out to the full-back, who is then fouled from behind by Mata as he tries to break away.

P. Pogba

Ander Herrera

Manchester United

17′ Herrera gingerly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Pogba.

17′ It looks as if Herrera’s night is already over. The midfielder immediately went down inside the Sevilla box and looks to have pulled a muscle darting into the penalty area, resulting in him signalling to the bench that he won’t be able to continue.

16′ A lovely lofted pass from Sanchez flies over to the right flank and picks out Valencia, who has no white shirts anywhere near him. He sprints down the right flank and pokes a pass into the penalty area that finds Herrera, who then tries to back-heel the ball over to Lukaku but can’t guide a pass back Escudero.

15′ And now Navas goes close! An attempted United attacking move fails to come to anything, allowing Navas to counter-attack over on the right wing. The full-back cuts inside and heads into a pocket of space before shooting, but his low strike fizzes just a yard or so wide of the far post.

14′ United have camped themselves inside their own half of the pitch, and they seem content to soak up the pressure being put on them behind trying to break away quickly. The hosts are unable to find a way through once again, and Banega instead tries to beat De Gea with a 30-yard strike that sails high over the top of the crossbar.

12′ Vital tackle by Navas! After winning back possession, United fly forward on a quick counter-attack. Sanchez is brought into play deep inside the Sevilla half of the pitch and looks set to burst into the box, but Navas sprints over to deal with the Chilean.

11′ Sevilla keep knocking the ball around patiently as they try to find a way through the sea of black shirts camped in front of them. Sarabia cuts into the middle of the pitch and is able to receive the ball in a pocket of space, but as soon as he does so he’s dispossessed from behind.

9′ Sanchez is able to get on the ball for the first time this evening, and he wins United a corner with a looping cross that’s headed behind by Lenglet. The resulting set-piece fails to result in a chance on goal, though, as N’Zonzi is there to clear the danger.

8′ A misplaced pass from Lindelof rolls past Young and out for a throw-in, presenting Sevilla with another opportunity to push forward. The home side can’t take advantage of the mistake, however, as Sarabia is easily muscled off the ball as he tries to head down the right flank.

6′ Correa is clattered into by Mata, leaving the referee with no choice but to award Sevilla a free-kick over on the left wing. It’s sent short and eventually worked over to Lenglet, who tries to pick out Muriel with a lofted pass forward but can only send the ball to Lindelof.

4′ Great chance for Muriel! The striker drops deep and picks up the ball in a promising position before heading towards the visitors’ box. He carves out a pocket of space for himself and shoots, but De Gea does well to stop the low strike with a diving save.

2′ Navas is left in acres of space out wide, allowing him to burst forward and tee up Sarabia. The winger then fires a cross towards the near post, where it’s headed behind for a corner, but the set-piece is just about dealt with by United before it can result in an early chance on goal.

1′ We’re off! United get us underway, attacking from left to right.

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.

Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho has also made three alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with Romero, Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick making way for De Gea, Valencia and Herrera.

Vincenzo Montella has decided to make three changes to the Sevilla side that started the win against Las Palmas on the weekend, with Escudero, Banega and Muriel coming into the starting line-up to replace Miguel Layun, Pizarro and Ben Yedder, respectively.

Manchester United substitutes: Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United XI (4-3-3): David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay; Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez.

Sevilla substitutes: David Soria, Daniel Carrico, Guido Pizarro, Roque Mesa, Nolito, Sandro Ramirez, Wissam Ben Yedder.

Sevilla XI (4-3-3): Sergio Rico; Jesus Navas, Gabriel Mercado, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Escudero; Ever Banega, Steven N’Zonzi, Franco Vazquez; Pablo Sarabia, Luis Muriel, Joaquin Correa.

There’s just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…

This will be the first time these two sides have met one another in a competitive match, but Sevilla thoroughly enjoyed themselves the last time they came up against English opposition. Los Rojiblancos pulled off a phenomenal second-half comeback to draw 3-3 with Liverpool after going 3-0 down with just 30 minutes on the clock, although they were knocked out by another Premier League side in Leicester City at this very stage last season.

A topsy-turvy LaLiga campaign has left Sevilla in danger of failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but they’ve impressed under Vincenzo Montella and head into tonight’s big clash with three consecutive wins under their belts. They’ve lost just three times since the former Milan boss took charge at the end of last year, and, like United, were beaten on only one occasion during the group stage.

The Red Devils suffered a shock defeat away to Newcastle United one and a half weeks ago, all but ending their slim hopes of winning their first league title since 2013, but have nonetheless been in strong form this season. They’ve lost just three of their last 15 games across all competitions, although two of their previous three away encounters ended in defeat. Old Trafford is proving to be a fortress once again, and a positive result this evening would give them a great chance of reaching the final eight.

Tonight’s clash brings together the two sides that between them have won each of the last four Europa League titles, and both are now desperate to prove they have what it takes to go far in Europe’s premier competition. United, who were victorious last year, lost just once on the way to topping their Champions League group, putting them in a great position for their first knockout tie since April 2014.

Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Champions League last-16 first leg tie between Sevilla and Manchester United at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.