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Jose Mourinho identifies three key areas where Manchester United need to strengthen

13 March 2018

Manchester United will be looking to book their place in the quarter finals of the Champions League when they take on Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

"He's always the first out on the training pitch", Mourinho told a news conference on Monday. Paul Pogba was absent at the club's Carrington Aon Training Complex, having missed the Liverpool clash after an injury in training last Friday, though Mourinho insisted he had trained after reporters had stopped watching.

Manager Jose Mourinho had on Saturday after the Liverpool game replied that he did not know if Pogba will be available for the winner-takes-all tie.

The Red Devils will be without defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, and midfielder Ander Herrera.

"United has to be a team in the Champions League, so that victory was very important for us because we finished outside the top four".

Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella was also keen to move on from Saturday's 2-0 loss to Valencia and focus on a potentially historic European tie. They register one win on the road, but it was against a lowly Malaga side that can't get a win to save their lives at the moment. He should be protected at the back with a similar backline of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling playing at its heart.

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Jose Mourinho made no secret of how important the match against Sevilla is for Manchester United.

The France global midfielder was a late withdrawal from the Red Devils folds to face Liverpool in Premier League competition on Saturday.

United are in a good run of form this season, and they seem to be getting hotter at the flawless time. It was the kind of game that United would have dropped points in earlier in the season.

"We have put a lot of planning and preparation into this game with different strategies and ideas on how we can hurt them". It was only when Mane and Firmino dropped deeper in the second half that Liverpool found a higher tempo, though too often a distance from goal.

Sevilla were the better team in the first leg against the English giants but they failed to score goals and ended the game with a goalless draw. They rarely allowed United any meaningful time on the ball during the first leg and created a number of chances.

On the other hand, Sevilla do not have confirmed absentees but several players are doubtful and could miss the game at Old Trafford this Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho identifies three key areas where Manchester United need to strengthen