Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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The Red Devils have made this knockout stage of European football's top competition for the first time since 2014, while the Andalusian club met Leicester at this juncture a year ago.

Vincenzo Montella jumped at the opportunity of a swift return to the dug-out following his sacking at AC Milan and he has sought to help stabilize a club that has seen its fair share of upheaval in recent times.

A victory against Sevilla would prove that Manchester United are on an upward trajectory, whilst a convincing and strong performance could give them hope of challenging the biggest teams once again.

Sevilla has five goals in its last three matches, and it has scored at least once in its last nine games, but Montella thinks that isn't enough considering how well the team has been playing.

The 32-year-old will be seeking a prized scalp once more when Sevilla face United in at the last-16 stage of the 2017-18 Champions League, and the World Cup victor is determined to give both current and former employers something to shout about.

"Sevilla is a club that looks at the human side more than anyone because this is a club who saw one of their own players die on the pitch".

"We have no fear - United have a lot of quality but so do we". Sevilla are set to be the hosts for the first leg with both sides coming into this fixture in curious form. "He is fantastic", Montella told reporters at Sevilla's stadium on Tuesday.

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The Spanish team have only lost once at home since November 2016 and that was against local rivals Real Betis in La Liga last month.

He returns to the lovely city for his first Champions League knock-out tie as Manchester United manager.

Sevilla's group was perceived as one of the easiest with Maribor and Spartak Moscow, champions of Slovenia and Russian Federation respectively, joining them and Liverpool. It is important to note that Sevilla have won three of last five home games in UCL, scoring 2 or more goals in each of those matches.

Young said his team must take it one game at a time. The Red Devils are in a similar position having last reached the UCL quarterfinals four years ago.

Nolito may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench, where he could be joined by Everton loanee Sandro Ramirez.

A muscle injury to Joaquin Correa has opened the door to a potential start for Ramirez in the first leg with United.

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