Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Mourinho unrepentant in Manchester style wars

Mourinho unrepentant in Manchester style wars

Pogba sat out of Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday after sustaining a thigh injury in training on Friday.

On Manchester United's end, Jose Mourinho announced that the squad is not going to have too many changes in comparison to the side that defeated Crystal Palace and Liverpool this past week. latan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera remain out, as well as the trio of defenders of Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. The buzz in the stadium will be an obvious plus for United on Tuesday night but apart from that, the Liverpool match provided a glimpse of how Manchester United can adjust without Paul Pogba.

Tonight's opposition Sevilla have had mixed form since they met United at home and have fallen away from the top four.

Carrick has hardly played this season with the 26-year-old former Tottenham player having a heart related scare during an EFL tie against Burton in September.

On announcing his decision to retire, Carrick said: "I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you". Keep your best stuff for the @FIFAWorldCup this time. The biggest games at this time of the season. But it was different at Selhurst and that propelled Jose Mourinho's side to a 2-1 win against Liverpool on Saturday.

United's midfield three of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata in the first leg was designed with counter-attacking purposes in mind - a triumvirate capable of supplying and finishing off one killer pass to make all the difference - but it ultimately caused the visitors to stagnate and regress during the game. They rarely allowed United any meaningful time on the ball during the first leg and created a number of chances. The start of the month saw the Reds come from behind to defeat defending Premier League champions Chelsea at home in a 2-1 win.

"I think the Europa League final was our most important match in the last few years, because we won it and that victory brought us to our natural habitat, which is the Champions League", said Mourinho. Kick-off is at 19:45GMT, but we'll have build up for you before then before team news is out an hour before we get underway at Old Trafford.

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