Manchester United don't need Paul Pogba: Liverpool game showed that - Craig Burley

Michael Carrick has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season

He may have downplayed the importance of United's win over Liverpool as compared to their upcoming fixtures but it certainly augurs well for them that they beat one of their biggest traditional rivals at Old Trafford just before a crucial Champions League clash.

The decision to not go looking for an away goal against a side that has lost heavily to the likes of Spartak Moscow, Eibar and Real Betis this season will come back to haunt Mourinho if United fail to progress.

Manchester United are now in second place in the Premier League table.

It's been a few hard weeks for Pogba at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic did take part. There were, however, wins against both Malaga and Athletic Bilbao in between that sandiwch of defeats.


"I think we're not one of the best teams in the competition", said Mourinho. Out of the title race, this is United's biggest game of the season so far and it's a must-win. Keep your best stuff for the @FIFAWorldCup this time. Think a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town, a draw away at Leicester City.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday he did not know whether midfielder Paul Pogba would return for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Sevilla.

Mourinho admitted after Saturday's win he is still in the dark about his £89million man's availability for the Seville crunch game.

It was the 20-year-old's first English Premier League start since the 2-2 draw with Burnley last December - and former Inter Milan, Ajax Amsterdam and Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer opined that it was a pity that the Englishman was managed by a results-orientated coach like Mourinho. They rarely allowed United any meaningful time on the ball during the first leg and created a number of chances. Sevilla will go through if it ends in a score draw, and another 0-0 will see the tie go to extra time.

Vincenzo Montella is hoping it is fourth time lucky as Sevilla attempt to overcome Manchester United and reach the Champions League quarterfinals. Kick-off is at 19:45GMT, but we'll have build up for you before then before team news is out an hour before we get underway at Old Trafford.

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