Paul Pogba misses training ahead of Champions League clash against Sevilla

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

There have been 30 previous occasions in which a first leg has been drawn 0-0 since the competition moved into the Champions League format in 1992, and the team playing away first has gone on to progress 21 times at a 70 per cent success rate.

"I'm sure Sevilla feel the same way, and they already showed in the first leg that they have players and football to make things hard for us".

Only Porto (15) have conceded more goals of any side remaining in the competition at the last-16 stage than Sevilla (12).

United are considered the favourites following last month's stalemate in the reverse fixture, but Montella - brought in to replace Eduardo Berizzo after the group stage - is confident that his side can snatch victory if they net an away goal.

Mourinho's men have been written off at various points this campaign and major questions were asked and decisions queries ahead of each of their last three league games.

Doubters may have been quietened by successive wins over Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool, with a mix of performances ultimately doing enough to give the Red Devils a cushion in second place. People forget that it's still possible for us to win two big titles this season - the Champions League and FA Cup.

For should Jose Mourinho successfully guide United into the quarter-finals, then he will finally be able to say "I, Jose Mourinho, am as good at being Manchester United manager as David Moyes". Pep Guardiola's side walloped the Ukrainians 7-0 in the second game at the Allianz Arena, the largest margin following a scoreless opening game in Champions League history.

'I think he will stay, ' Mourinho told La Sexta.

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