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Montella jokes that Sevilla might have to 'kill' Alexis Sanchez

The runaway success of Manchester City and coach Pep Guardiola has sullied Mourinho's progress, and United fans have been unimpressed with the stylistic value of their own side.

Qualifying as winners of last season's Europa League, the Group Stage draw was kind to United.

Sevilla host United in their Champions League round of 16 first leg in a tie the Premier League side are favourites for.

Lenglet is aware of that Sevilla are starting as underdogs and insisted that they have to make sure that they take advantage of the atmosphere at home and fight like animals to overcome the odds against Manchester United.

France star Pogba was struck down by a mystery illness ahead of the Red Devils' FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town last weekend. "But against his experience we will need to not think about that and be courageous".

However, the Champions League is a knockout competition and not a popularity contest.

The former AC Milan coach will be testing himself against Mourinho in just his second Champions League game as a coach.

United may have recorded less possession and fewer shots (on and off target) against Huddersfield in their recent FA Cup victory, however, there was little doubting that they had the quality needed to dispatch the Terriers throughout that game.

"When he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be", added Mourinho. On Tuesday afternoon, he trained alongside Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera, who also missed the 2-0 win at the John Smith's Stadium.

That allowed observers to report that Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both involved in first team training.

The UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla and Manchester United will be played on Wednesday night, February 22, 2018.

The fact that this is a team currently on an upward trajectory also makes it hard to judge now exactly what they're capable of in the future.

Mourinho described rumours of a breakdown in communication between he and Pogba as "big lies", but has not hid his criticism of the 24-year-old's form.

Sevilla, who have won their last three games and are fifth in La Liga, are coached by Vincenzo Montella, who replaced Eduardo Berizzo in December and has guided them to the Copa del Rey final.

Jose Mourinho's men have faltered a bit in the new year whereas Sevilla's leaky defence has led them to a negative goal difference in the league this season.

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