SEVILLA vs MANCHESTER UNITED
Two favorites of Europe’s second-tier competition will go head-to-head in Cologne to decide which one of them advances to the final to grab one of the final pieces of silverware up for grabs for the current football season.
Both teams recorded tough and narrow victories in the previous round with the Red Devils surprisingly needing an extra-time penalty to see of Copenhagen with the Danes’ keeper in inspirational form. Sevilla on the other hand dominated a hotly contested game with Wolves to grab a late winner in regulation time to go through, although they would count themselves a little lucky with Raul Jimenez missing a penalty in the first half. Manchester United had resumed the Europa League campaign as being one of the favorites for the competition but recent history suggests Sevilla has always gone on to win the cup from the current stage. The Red Devils look to make it to their second final in four years while Sevilla will look to extend their record of most Europa League titles won.
Both teams have no new injury concerns with Sevilla expecting midfielder Nemanja Gudelj expected to join the squad after recovering from COVID-19. Manchester United will be without long-term absentee Luke Shaw but expect Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelöf to return to the starting lineup as Ole Gunnar Solskjær will look to play his strongest starting XI at the display. But one major decision awaiting the Red Devils boss will be whether to play David De Gea or the in-form Sergio Romero in goal for the crucial encounter.
Manchester United will not have any good memories from their only previous encounter with the Andalusian club knocking the Red Devils out in the round of 16 two years ago in the Champions League. Recent form suggests Sevilla has the upper hand with the Spanish side unbeaten in their last 19 games. Meanwhile, Manchester United has lost a bit of steam and has looked out of pace for the last couple of games and grinding out victories. A tight and low scoring game can be expected in Cologne with the record tournament holders Sevilla looking like favorites.
Sevilla: Bono; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon; Banega, Fernando, Jordan; Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Williams; Matic, Pogba, Fernandes; Greenwood, Rashford, Martial
Sevilla 1-2 Manchester United
Expect a tight contest with very few clear-cut chances in the game. The game could be decided by individual brilliance with both teams boasting match-winners in their ranks. Sevilla will be the popular favorites based on their history in the competition but Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Co will have an extra motivation to take the Red Devils to the final after being eliminated in the semi-finals of two cup competitions in the current season with the game poised to be decided by a fine margin.