Charlie Nicholas' predictions: Can Manchester United and Chelsea progress?

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2018

And social media was warm in its praise. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the central midfielder who is in the midst of a breakthrough campaign with Lazio, is reportedly the man to replace United's outgoing veterans in the middle of the park. While this United side may not have accrued the Champions League nous of the Sir Alex Ferguson sides, they still have players such as Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia, who have played in the competition's finals.

The Reds boss knows United remain a work in progress in his second season in charge and claims they are not among the contenders to win the Champions League this year.

A runner-up finish is another target for United, with "a miracle" required to remove City from the Premier League summit.

Sevilla landed in Manchester on Monday afternoon to prepare for the game that starts on Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. (Cairo local time). "But when a team arrives in the last eight, anything can happen. It's something that you have got to accept", the Englishman said.

Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet, meanwhile, believes his side are ready for the Red Devils and warned that United will see the best of the La Liga side if they score first.

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"I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla, everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks".

"I don't think we're candidates to win the competition". It took a little bit of time to get over but there were some times when, for two or three days, I was thinking 'am I going to carry on playing or not?' or 'is it kind of worth it or not?' but that quickly passed.

With Jesus Navas injured and Miguel Layun not registered for the Champions League, Vincenzo Montella with a bit of a selection headache. "So not to win would be a disappointment". Now sat 16 points adrift of their noisy neighbours, United's primary attention has turned to securing Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.

Marcus Rashford's brace to sink Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday bolstered confidence around what Mourinho's squad might be able to achieve this season, although the man himself remains a realist.

"Scott has played in some huge games already this season and it's great to see the young lads get their chances in big games to show what they can do".

"Part of Alexis' talent as a player is that he knows what the Champions League is and that is important when you go to the knockout, then the semi-finals".

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