Manchester United must win to advance in UCL

  • Manchester United must win to advance in UCL

Manchester United must win to advance in UCL

United have improved their form this season, and are now 10 points better off than at the same stage in 2017/18 after beating Liverpool 2-1 in the North West Derby on Saturday. They are now just five points adrift of Inter and a further point behind Lazio who are fourth.

I was surprised to hear that United have only scored seven times in their last 15 Champions League games against La Liga sides although it should be noted that Sevilla have never won a Champions League game in England although they did get a fortunate 2-2 draw at Anfield earlier in the campaign.

However, United know Spurs will not let Alderweireld move on without a fight, meaning that the Red Devils could turn their attention to the cheaper option of £20m-rated Papastathopoulos instead.

The truth is, Manchester United have a great chance to make a serious attempt at winning the Champions League. Furthermore, Sevilla is not easy opponent as they are strong in attack. With Mourinho at the helm, it is possible that United's struggles could be over.

Long balls in the air to a big strong centre forward, crunching tackles, speed and physicality - Manchester United beat Liverpool on Saturday the old-fashioned way. "I still have to work to swallow this one and it's quite hard".

"It's good that you can be around him to have a laugh and reassure him that it's going to come good and that if he gets a chance he will perform, and he has done that today", he said. Defeat will nearly certainly mean their cross-town rivals clinch the title that day, so maybe the end will justify the means for fans, who have no desire to watch their rivals celebrate the title on derby day. Leicester City's first goal was a thing of absolute beauty as Jamie Vardy slotted an exquisite volley from a sublime lobbed pass by Riyad Mahrez to bring the scores level before the Foxes romped home in style.

Mourinho went with a 4-2-3-1 formation, which shifted to a 4-4-2 when United did not have possession. Even so, Martial would have found it hard to dislodge Rashford from the starting eleven after his game-winning goals at the weekend. Manchester United could have easily lost if David de Gea was not in form.

It has also been said - rightly - that atmosphere is lacking at Old Trafford, but that was not the case on Saturday.

However, Jose Mourinho is learning of the exacting demands of being Manchester United manager with incessant questions over not just results, but the manner in which they are obtained. But you sense most fans starved of much success since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson will settle for any approach which puts them in trophy contention.

"(Scott) McTominay has come in, he's done well. Despite his winter of discontent, he changed the game against Crystal Palace in midweek, and then against Liverpool he sealed victory.

Klopp's Liverpool have scored 68 league goals so far this term, while Manchester United have registered ten fewer goals.