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Manchester United will be licking their lips at chance to take on porous Sevilla

Sevilla v Man Utd, First leg: Feb 21; Second leg: Mar 13

Sevilla's 3-3 comeback against Liverpool is one of the moments of this season, and the news that came out of that game that manager Eduardo Berizzo has prostate cancer outweighs any football, but none of that takes away from the fact this is a favourable draw for Man United.

The Spanish side aren't quite what they have been over the past few seasons, when they have dominated the Europa League, beating Liverpool in the final in 2016. Even allowing for what happened in the Manchester derby, Jose Mourinho has made significant progress this season and made a much more solid and dangerous side that can go very far in knockout football. They should be seeing the Champions League as their main goal now, and this could well fire a run.

There was also what the 3-3 with Liverpool said about Sevilla's defence, even though so much of the focus was on their recovery. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can really get at that porous backline, and get United through to the quarters for the first time since 2014.

United and Sevilla have never met before. This first meeting should end with a United victory.

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