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Off the pitch, things are going swimmingly at Manchester United. It’s not too long ago that United fans were protesting about the ownership of the club but that’s died off largely thanks to several big money signings. Man Utd also remained top of the Deloitte Money League proving that they are still a major commercial success.
But it’s matters on the pitch that fans really care about. Jose Mourinho was brought into the club to shake the club up after a few years of relative slumber following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and, though his style of football is divisive, Mourinho has already added the Europa League and the EFL Cup to Man Utd’s trophy cabinet.
While the Premier League title is beyond Man Utd this season, Mourinho will believe his tactical nous, man management and wealth of experience gives his team a real chance of winning the Champions League.
After successfully navigating through the group stage, Man Utd face Sevilla in the round of 16. Although Sevilla did enough to finish second to Liverpool in Group E, the team’s all round form was poor enough for Eduardo Berizzo to get the sack. His replacement, Vincenzo Montella, has had limited success in his short time at the club and will do very well to plot a path past Man Utd and Jose Mourinho.
Man Utd 6/4 (Boylesports)
Sevilla 9/5 (Bet365)
Draw 11/5 (Paddy Power)
(Please note all odds shown are correct at time of article publishing)
Sevilla managed to secure two draws against Liverpool in the Champions League group stage but you have to say they were helped out by some dodgy defending. Sevilla scored twice at Anfield before coming back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 in the return match at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. They just won’t get that sort of help from Man Utd and it’s the Premier League side who are the favourites to win Wednesday’s match and to qualify for the quarter-finals.
While the Sevilla players are working hard on the training ground to learn new tactics under Montella, Man Utd know exactly what is expected of them. The Red Devils were typically miserly in defence and lethal in attack when knocking Huddersfield out of the FA Cup on Saturday and they’ll set up first and foremost not to concede in Seville.
Mourinho’s previous successes in the Champions League involved his Porto and Inter Milan teams being hard to beat on their travels and Man Utd will be just that on Wednesday night. Like Porto and Inter under Mourinho, United have the ability to break quickly and win even when not at their best. It might not be pretty but Man Utd should return home with a vital win at a generous 6/4 with Boylesports.
Draw 1-1 @ 11/2 (William Hill)
Man Utd 1-0 @ 15/2 (Paddy Power)
Sevilla 1-0 @ 15/2 (Bet365)
Draw 0-0 @ 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Man Utd 2-1 @ 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Sevilla 2-1 @ 10/1 (William Hill)
The away goals rule was introduced to encourage attacking play from the away teams. It’s had a certain amount of success in achieving that goal but it’s also made home teams much more wary. Sevilla know that they have enough attacking quality to score at Old Trafford and with the potential for each goal to count double, they’ll be happy enough to try and keep Man Utd at bay at home before taking their chances in Manchester.
Don’t expect the sort of fireworks we saw from Manchester City and Liverpool in their away matches last weekend. This is sure to be a much more tense, tactical battle and that’s reflected in the betting for the Correct Score market. If you’re having a bet, the Man Utd 1-0 selection looks a good price at 15/2 with Paddy Power.
Romelu Lukaku 5/1 (William Hill)
Luis Muriel 11/2 (Ladbrokes)
Wissam Ben Yedder 11/2 (Coral)
Zlatan Ibrahimović 11/2 (Sportingbet)
Alexis Sanchez 11/2 (Coral)
Marcus Rashford 13/2 (Ladbrokes)
Sandro Ramirez 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Anthony Martial 8/1 (William Hill)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the latest in a long line of players who fell foul of Jose Mourinho’s expectations. The Man Utd manager is hugely demanding and doesn’t mind cutting players short. For a while it looked as though Anthony Martial was facing the axe at Man Utd as he struggled for playing time under Mourinho.
However, the Frenchman has been starting more and more lately. Martial’s pace will be a key weapon against Sevilla and as with his confidence returning he looks a good option to score first at 8/1 with William Hill.
Man Utd to win at 6/4 with Boylesports
Anthony Martial to score first at 8/1 with William Hill