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Man United vs Sevilla: UEL Quarterfinals, First Leg Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Fantasy XI

Manchester United will look to take a step closer to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals when they welcome Sevilla to Old Trafford on Thursday.

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Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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The Red Devils return to continental action on Thursday night  Man United vs Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Match Details:

Location: Manchester, England

Stadium: Old Trafford

Date: Thursday 13 April

Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)

VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)

Last time Sevilla faced Man United, they won the tie (Image- UEFA Europa League.)

Man United vs Sevilla: Match Preview:

Manchester United have already made light work of two La Liga sides in the UEFA Europa League this season, knocking out Real Betis in the last 16 having already sent Spanish giants Barcelona packing in the round prior. They will look to do the same against a Sevilla side in relegation bother domestically, but who have dominated this competition for the last 20 years – they have won it six times since 2005-06.



— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 12, 2023

It will be the fourth time that Man United and Sevilla have faced one another, and the Spanish side have never previously lost to the Premier League club, picking up two wins and a draw.

Sevilla currently sit 13th in the La Liga standings, five points clear of the relegation zone and Valencia in 18th and mired in a relegation battle that renders the Europa League somewhat of a distraction for them. They are focused on top flight survival and while winning the Europa League would be an incredible achievement, the effort to achieve that might be a bridge too far for this group of players. It might not help that between the two legs, Sevilla welcome relegation-threatened Valencia to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday in the league.

Under Erik ten Hag, Man Utd have a treble on their minds. They have already won the League Cup, beating Newcastle United in the final back in February, while they are in the final four of the FA Cup, with a semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion on the horizon. The UEFA Europa League title is certainly within their sights, too.

With the Premier League title certainly out of reach now, as they site fourth in the table behind Newcastle, winning the Europa League might be their route to UEFA Champions League football next season, should Tottenham and a resurgent Aston Villa overtake them in the final stages of the campaign.



— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) April 12, 2023

Having already played Real Sociedad, Barcelona and Real Betis ahead of this tie with Sevilla, United will become only the second side to ever face four different clubs from the same country in a single season of a major European competition after Leeds United in the 2000-01 UCL (also vs. four Spanish clubs). The Marcus Rashford injury has been confirmed and he will not feature meaning Ten Hag will have to make adjustments without their top goalscorer.

Sevilla will be buoyed by their previous form against English clubs in Europe. They've progressed from six of their previous eight knockout ties (including finals) versus teams from England, failing only against Leicester City in the 2016-17 Champions League and West Ham United in last season's Europa League.

Team News:

Man United:

Erik ten Hag has a new injury concern hampering his preparations ahead of his side's latest fixture. Against Sevilla on Thursday, the Manchester United manager will be bereft of the services of five first-team players.



— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 12, 2023

Marcus Rashford is the latest absentee, with the Englishman sustaining a groin injury against Everton. And according to an official statement by Manchester United, Rashford will miss the next few games. The 25-year-old has joined Tom Heaton (ankle), Luke Shaw (hamstring), Donny van de Beek (knee), and Alejandro Garnacho (ankle) on the sidelines.

But there is some good news, as Casemiro is available after missing the Everton game due to a suspension. The Brazilian international should return to the starting eleven straightaway, slotting in the double pivot. Marcel Sabitzer should be Casemiro's partner in the middle of the park.

Sevilla:

Jose Luis Mendilibar will be without Joan Jordan and Jesus Corona for the trip to England through injury, while Pape Gueye is not registered in their Europa League squad.

Lucas Ocampos is available again following a suspension, while Tottenham loanee Bryan Gil and alumni Erik Lamela could start – the latter brought a red card out of Martial on his last visit to Old Trafford.



— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) April 12, 2023

Other former Premier League stars who could feature are ex-Manchester City men Jesus Navas and Fernando. Suso, once of Liverpool, is also in contention.

Alex Telles, on loan from United, is eligible to face his parent club due to UEFA rules.

Man United vs Sevilla: Head to Head:

Sevilla have an excellent record against Manchester United in European competitions and have won two of the three matches played between the two teams, with the other team ending in a draw.

Sevilla have won progressed from their last eight knockout games against English teams in European competitions, with their previous such defeat coming at the hands of Leicester City in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League.

Predicted Line-ups:

Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Martial.

Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Bono; Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Acuna; Fernando, Rakitic; Ocampos, Suso, Gil; En-Nesyri.

MU vs SEV: Fantasy XI

De Gea; Varane, Martinez, Acuna, Casemiro, Rakitic; Ocampos,Fernandes, Sancho; Martial,En-Nesyri. 

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