Manchester United are preparing for, arguably, their biggest game of the season so far as Erik ten Hag’s men aim to make it to the Europa League semi-finals.
Passage into the final four of the tournament means that United will have progressed into the semi-finals in each of the three cups they have been competing in this season, having already won the Carabao Cup earlier this year.
In the first leg against Sevilla at Old Trafford, it looked like United were going to record a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Andalusian side but a catastrophic final 10 minutes means that all is to play for in the return fixture.
Ten Hag will be without a number of key players for United’s fourth trip to Spain for the season, with Marcus Rashford, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane all missing the game.
Luke Shaw remains a doubt after missing the last few games and there is little clarity on Tyrell Malacia’s fitness after the defender missed the 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest with a sore knee.
To add to United’s misery, they will also be without midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes, who is suspended after picking up a questionable booking in the first game.
United’s personnel will be an issue but three straight wins in the Premier League will give them confidence and to Ten Hag’s delight, some players are enjoying good spells of form.
Harry Maguire is among those players and Antony, the Brazil winger, is finally coming into his own at the club. Anthony Martial’s return from injury has also proven to be a much-needed injection.
Predicted Manchester United lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Dalot; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Eriksen, Sancho; Martial