Sevilla and Manchester United will face each other at Estadio Ramon on Thursday evening for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final. The tie is currently evenly poised at 2-2.
Manchester United had taken a two-goal lead in the first leg at Old Trafford with a brace from Marcel Sabitzer. However, two own goals, one from Tyrell Malacia and the other from Harry Maguire, in the later stages of the game saw the teams level heading into this match.
In the first leg, Sevilla struggled against Man United and were inferior in the first half, with Sabitzer scoring twice and putting the Red Devils in the lead by 2-0 within the first 21 minutes. It seemed as though the English giants would secure a commanding first-leg advantage.
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Sevilla-Manchester United match preview
Sevilla’s poor performance in La Liga has left them in 13th place and 16 points away from fourth-placed Real Sociedad, which means they need to win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League. However, they have shown some form recently, winning seven points from their last three league games, including a 2-0 victory over Valencia.
They will be hoping to knock out Man United in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, which would be a significant achievement in this season’s competition.
Man United had a comfortable lead in the first leg against Sevilla, with Marcel Sabitzer’s double giving them a 2-0 advantage in the first 21 minutes. However, two late own goals from Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire left the tie level. The match proved to be costly for the Red Devils, as Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane both picked up injuries, with the former ruled out for the rest of the season.
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Despite this setback, Man United is still expected to win against Sevilla and advance to the semifinals.
Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Bounou; Navas, Nianzou, Marcao, Acuna; Fernando, Gudelj; Ocampos, Rakitic, O Torres; En-Nesyri
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred, Eriksen; Antony, Martial, Sancho
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Sevilla-Manchester United prediction
Manchester United are currently facing injury concerns, and they will have to rely on their squad depth for this game. Bruno Fernandes is suspended, and Marcus Rashford is injured, so players like Antony and Jadon Sancho will need to perform well.
Sevilla has had an erratic season, but they have displayed improvement in recent weeks. Nonetheless, Manchester United is the stronger team currently, and they have a slight advantage going into this match.
Prediction: Sevilla 1–2 Manchester United
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The Europa League match Sevilla vs Manchester United is scheduled for 8pm (BST) on Thursday April 20, 2023 and 12:30 am (IST) on Friday. The match will take place at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville.