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Manchester United Away – Champions League Last 16 – 2nd Leg

Tonight Sevilla FC walk back out onto the famous Old Trafford turf for the first time since our 3-1 victory there when they played in Manchester United and England legend Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match back in August 2013. So much has changed in the 4.5 years since that game, with both teams almost unrecognisable from then both on and off the pitch.

For Sevilla the only surviving squad member of that day is Nico Pareja, who although made the trip to England is unlikely to feature. As has been discussed at length on our forums, due to injury and ineligibility we have a drastic lack of right full backs. Jesus Navas, who was perhaps our man of the match in the first leg is out, so Montella has a dilemma on his hands. If Mercado is used at right back then maybe Pareja will make the step up? Kjaer will likely be ahead of him if need be.

Manchester United although seemingly tame at times have proven that they are a different beast at Old Trafford, and easily dispatched of in-form and goal happy Liverpool at the weekend. They got their goals early and shut up shop, strangling the life out of the game in a way that only Jose Mourinho can. Not even fellow super villain Diego Simone can compete with him in this regard. So I suspect they will try the same formula tonight as they did against Liverpool, namely attack us with pace and hope to have a comfortable lead to hold on to.

This scenario would be unwelcome for us, as if we fall behind we don’t carry much of a threat going forward these days. Against Man Utd in the RSP we controlled the game, but apart from one massive save from de Gea we rarely threatened to score. This has been epitomized by the fact that our top scorer this season Ben Yedder actually has scored more goals in the Champions League (8) than he has in the league (6)!! For whatever reason Montella doesn’t seem to fancy him as his first choice, but unless Muriel starts putting away his chances Sevillistas will demand a change in that area.

Let’s be brutally honest, this season has been a very poor one for us, and despite some decent results Montella has yet to inspire confidence that he is the man to lead us to glory long term. All that would be forgotten about, at least for a while, if he could somehow pull off a performance and result like he did away to Atletico Madrid in the Cup. Tonight a score draw is all we need to take us into the quarter finals for the first time in our history. If we play to our best we can do it, and in the process Montella’s reputation will undoubtedly go up in our collective estimations.

¡VAMOS MI SEVILLA!

To get us in the mood here is a video of the last time we played at Old Trafford in that horrendous yellow kit

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  1. This is definitely the match of the season so far!

    I’m not very optimistic, mainly because of Navas’ absence, adding to that the disbelief in Montella’s strategic capabilities. I just hope that if we won’t get through, we do it with full honor. That means the players should give 200% in the pitch and try to make history happen tonight.

    The season undoubtedly been very poor as Jonathan mentioned, and no, the CDR final doesn’t make it any better. However, I think that at the point that we’re in and with the manager and the players we currently have, including the previous change of managers in the winter break, EL for next season, CDR final AND (a big AND) CL quarters would mark this season as at least passable.

    The referee will be the same one from the first match vs. Liverpool in Anfield where we drew 2-2. Hopefully he won’t screw this up as it’s always easier to support Mourinho’s team and not have to deal with the pressure afterwards etc.

    Considering the first match, we have more game than them, but I really hope that we don’t get eliminated in some of the silliest ways possible, similar to Leicester last season.

    We know that playing CL football again will take a good season or two after this post-Monchi transition period, but let’s either make history or at least a farewell not to be forgotten quickly.

    VAMOS MI SEVILLA!!! VAMOS CAMPEON!!!

  2. Vamos

  3. So this is it then, the official lineup has Mercado at RB and Kjaer at CB. So we either go to extra time or get humiliated… I can’t help it haha. Hopefully these fellas will surprise us in a positive way!

  4. I hate these pregame shows. Sevilla doesn’t exist in their view.

  5. How about those Sevilla Fans! Totally sung over the anthem again. Brilliant

  6. Nzonzi’s best first half ever.

    Chris, the ref is guaranteed Manure, still hasn’t played his cards.

    0-0 halftime

  7. I think the shots are made to avoid the risk of losing possession when they’re defending with 5 players. So you either hit or miss, but you won’t give them anything to build on. I’d say not a bad tactic if that’s truly the case.

  8. Lenglet has been massive!

  9. I’m usually more in favor of Muriel over WBY but why doesn’t Montella make the switch? Muriel is doing nothing.

  10. This game is begging for WBY!

  11. Monchi’s Men trip to the quarters?? Holy shit we did it. This is amazing. VA-fucking-MOS!!

  12. Unbelievable! Thank you Sevilla, congrats fellow Sevillistas!

    This is what this club is made of… MAGIC!

  13. Nunca se rinde.

  14. Fantastic achievement to make history and reach the quarters! Did not expect that, WBY the hero! Nzonzi was immense! You just never know what Sevilla is gonna turn up.

    What a strange season. We were lucky to qualify and compared to past seasons this looked the most unlikely that was we would get to the last 8. Other seasons we looked more likely and blew it! You just never know!

  15. first post on here since 0-0

    VAMMMMMOOOOSSSSSSS!!!

    What a goal from Ben Yedder, MONTELLA you must start him!

    What a glorious night for the club. History has been made. Montella I now believe in you (slightly more)

  16. Ben Yed, Nzonzi, Lenglet en su salsa

    where is Brian? Saludos a los monchis

  17. Hhahahha! Don’t be greedy now :stuck_out_tongue:

  18. This team makes no sense. What a fucking win. Ben Yedder is the best striker in the world in CL matches.

  19. Brian says:

    I’m here. Just got home from my local Sevilla Peña bar where I watched the game on TV, my voice is almost gone and I’m certain of a headache in the morning :grinning:

    I started the game just hoping that we would not be humiliated,:pray: then after surviving the first 20 mins onslaught went to thinking that maybe we could do this, Manure didn’t look all that good , their fans were starting to moan a bit, 2,000 Sevillistas were alltogether far louder than the 74,000 “plastics” and we looked comfortable during the first half.

    We were all crying out for Ben Yedder to make an appearance in the 2nd half and what a difference he made scoring after only 2 mins of entering the field. When he scored the 2nd goal we were home and dry and the party really started :balloon:
    Looking forward to reading the English press online in the morning.
    we get yet another night to enjoy CL football at the RSP.
    What a night, Lenglet was a rock at the back, man of the match for me.

  20. Lenglet was huge… but for me it was NZonzi. His protecting of the back four was immense. Without him United would have had a lot more chances… credit to Montella he watched the game against Liverpool and how Lukaku flicked on and open up the game against them and stuck NZonzi in the perfectly to protect. Good management.

    Of course WBY is the hero… i did think the defence in general played well and were well drilled into how to beat this United attack.

    Our midfield won the battle easily… NZonzi 90 odd passes mainly forwards and Banega 80 odd also mainly forward pushing us constantly into their ground… Utd matic had 50 odd all sideways and fellaini less than 30!

    MOM NZonzi for me
    Hero WBY
    Unsung Heros: the back four led by Lenglet
    Montella out managed mourinho!

  21. Anyone else having a great morning?

    :smiley:

  22. Great win everyone and another monumental occasion to win in the theatre of dreams. Looking forward to the next round! On our day we can more than match anyone.

    Montella has made a difference, he has got certain players playing really well. We just need more belief and we can progress. We have an amazing squad with good depth. From now till the end of the season, there is so much to play for! A cup final, top 4 and the CL!

    Great to see the enthusiam and top quality comments on the site as always! Dare we dream…

  23. Brian says:

    Some quotes from the English press.

    “On paper - United should be in the draw for the last eight.
    On grass, they were nowhere near”

    “Faced with a relatively kind draw, United’s players looked consumed by fear - all but devoid of ideas”.

    “Mourinho is starting to look like a washed-up rock star, one of those guys that goes around holiday hotels for pensioners playing old hits on an organ with the base and the percussion playing on a tape recorder.”

    It was almost like Jose Mourinho didn’t care.

    Manchester United had just exited the Champions League in the meekest fashion and the team’s manager dealt with it with a shrug of the shoulders.

    “It’s not the end of the world,” he said.

    “I did my best, the players did their best. We tried, we lost,” . “That’s football.”

    “United’s supporters did not have much to cheer about but the 2,200 travelling Sevilla fans kept up a barrage of sound throughout the game”

    “The United fans sometimes get criticised for not getting behind their team but on Tuesday the team did not give them anything to get on their feet and cheer about and, other than the Sevilla fans, I have never known Old Trafford so quiet in my life”.

    “United did not lay a glove on a team they should be beating”

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