Manchester United’s pursuit of a first Europa League title since 2016/17 continues on Thursday as they welcome serial winners Sevilla to Old Trafford in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.
Erik ten Hag’s men have bounced back from a 2-0 loss at Newcastle United earlier in April, claiming back-to-back home victories ‘to nil’ to solidify their Premier League top-four charge.
Man Utd thumped relegation-threatened Everton 2-0 on Saturday, as Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial scored on either side of half-time to keep their side three points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Back to the Europa League, where they’ve already ousted two La Liga clubs in the knockout stage this season, the Red Devils will be odds-on favorites against a downtrodden Sevilla side.
As the record six-time Europa League winners, Los Rojiblancos deserve the benefit of the doubt despite going through their worst La Liga campaign in the new millennium.
New boss Jose Luis Mendilibar marked his touchline debut with a crucial 2-0 triumph at fellow relegation rivals Cadiz.
However, a goal-glutted 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo last weekend means surprising La Liga relegation candidates are not out of the woods yet.
While there’s a feeling the Andalusian heavyweights are ‘too big to fail,’ a five-point gap separating them from 18th-placed Valencia means they cannot take anything for granted.
As one of the most prominent Spanish clubs faces uncertain times, a victory against a team of Man Utd's caliber could give them the perfect confidence boost ahead of an ominously-looking relegation fight in La Liga.
But that's easier said than done.
Manchester United vs Sevilla Potential Line-ups
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia; Christian Eriksen, Casemiro; Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Anthony Martial.
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Marko Dmitrovic; Gonzalo Montiel, Loic Bade, Tanguy Nianzou, Marcos Acuna; Fernando, Pape Gueye; Suso, Eric Lamela, Bryan Gi; Youssef En-Nesyri.