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 8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
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8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:53PM 50 mins Sevilla vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:51PM 49 mins McTominay does well to shield the ball and link a few passes together in the midfield. Young overlaps and gets into the box, winning a corner. It seems that Mourinho has pushed his full-backs further forward in this half. Mata's first touch to kill the corner is amazing, he then sells a dummy to two defenders and chips into the centre but nobody is there. Sometimes Mata is ridiculously good. 8:49PM 47 mins Sandro (that guy Everton bought) is on the bench for Sevilla and has number 99 on his shirt. This. Ends. NOW! 8:48PM KICK OFF 2 Kick off 2 man utd "They don't look too threatening really," says Paul Scholes of Sevilla. I'd argue both look pretty tame. A 0-0 beckons! Or does it? Let's find out! 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:38PM De Gea praise from a proper goalkeeper This guy used to play in goal for Aberdeen, he knows what it means to face an onslaught of shots. David De Gea is incredible. What. A. Save. Don’t say “Anywhere else and it’s a goal.” or “He should score.” because nothing should detract from that save. From that range and with that power, he’s denied an almost certain goal. Just brilliant.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) February 21, 2018 8:35PM Sevilla's paper planes Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM That De Gea save Sure, the striker should have aimed towards the floor with this but I mean... come on. It's ludicrous that he can react quickly enough and get a strong enough arm at this shot to turn it over. It's astonishing. 8:32PM HALF TIME De Gea has just rescued Man Utd there. It should be 1-0 Sevilla. 8:32PM 45 mins +2 And more exciting! A long ball is read by Young, he cushions it with his first touch back to De Gea... and nobody picks it up! What are they playing at?! De Gea manages to hook the ball away before that becomes a tap in. Sevilla keep the pressure up, the ball is sent into the middle and MURIEL IS ALL ALONE! HE MUST SCORE OH MY HEAVENS LORDY LORDY WHAT A SAVE! That's an incredible save from De Gea! Muriel can't believe it! Attempt Saved: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Luis Muriel, 45 + 1 min) 8:30PM 45 mins +1 What a save by De Gea! The corner is headed to the back post, N'Zonzi tries a bicycle kick and it's turned at goal by another Sevilla player off the head. De Gea has to react instantly to dive and turn it over! 8:29PM 45 mins There are quite a few paper aeroplanes being thrown onto the pitch as United set up a corner. That corner goes so well that Sevilla are able to counter-attack quickly and win their own corner. Mourinho is furious. 8:27PM 43 mins Sanchez fouls Navas and is booked. It's harsh. Lukaku is back defending at right-back... Valencia hooks the ball away, Banega finds Correa... who does a little too much but does get a shot away! Low to the corner but De Gea saves. Valencia doesn't get close to Correa there. Keeper pick-up: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (David de Gea, 42 min) 8:25PM 41 mins Correa is in space wide left in the box but doesn't take his chance to shoot, controls, the defence gets back and his attempted flair pass is knocked behind for a corner. That turns into a goal kick. Sevilla are doing an awful lot without ever actually creating anything genuinely dangerous. 8:23PM 39 mins MCTOMINAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY has a shot saved from distance but it's a solid effort. The ball sits for him about 20 yards out in the kind of position that would make it a crime not to have a wee go. Rico is fairly comfortable with his save. Sevilla break forward but don't look too menacing again. Smalling heads a weak shot behind for a corner, Pogba clears. 8:22PM 37 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES There he is. Meanwhile, Sevilla have a corner. Their crowd really dislikes many of the referee's decisions but it really does look like he's getting them all dead right. 8:19PM 35 mins McTominay lets me down and himself down and everyone down with a poor pass to Valencia, who has to work hard to win the 50/50 and then dives by the corner flag. The referee isn't having it, Sevilla play on and Vasquez is played in! Oooohhhhh he's a click away from controlling that and having an easy one-on-one but the ball runs past him and he wins a corner instead. Pogba fouls Banega in the centre-circle with a clumsy tackle. 8:17PM 33 mins Sanchez goes down off the ball as Mercado puts his arm out to block the run. There's nothing really in that either. The Sevilla crowd and team are getting a little wound up by the referee. Valencia has absolutely pied Correa with a shoulder drop and sprinted past him on the right but nothing comes of it. 8:15PM 31 mins Lukaku is being kicked around a little bit here. Sanchez points it out to the referee and convinces him to tell off Correa for... basically barging into him. Hmmm. There#s nothing in that for me, Clive. McTominay is having a decent game so far, his first touch is brilliant. 8:13PM 29 mins Correa has a bit of space on the left and dribbles into the penalty area after a superb first touch. He tricks his way into the box but doesn't get enough on his show and De Gea saves easily. 8:12PM 27 mins Credit: REUTERS United are slowly gaining more of the pitch, edging that defensive line further forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Lukaku is in! Great ball over the top, an even better run to get to it... and Lukaku punts his volleyed effort way over the bar. That's a really bad miss. If he had another go at it right now he'd bury it every time. 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
The English Football League is on the brink of following the Premier League’s lead by shutting its transfer window early. England’s 72 lower league clubs were expected to vote to stop themselves making permanent signings from the Thursday after the start of their season. That would see their transfer window harmonised with that of the Premier League, the members of which in September imposed an early closure on their own buying window from this summer. Like their top-flight counterparts, EFL clubs would still be able to sell players to foreign teams whose own windows close at a later date, but they would also be able to continue to make loan signings up to the end of August. EFL clubs meet at Villa Park tomorrow for a vote which requires the support of more than half of all teams and half of those in the Championship. 10 most significant deals of the transfer window That follows a proposal put forward by the league’s executive in September for the introduction of an early closure, something it said its clubs “overwhelmingly” supported ahead of a period of consultation over two proposed dates for that closure. The first was harmonisation with the Premier League, the transfer window of which will now shut at 5pm on the Thursday before the start of the top-flight season, which falls on August 9 this year. The second was closing the window on the Thursday before the EFL season kicks off, usually a week earlier than the elite division. Harmonisation was the preferred option, meaning EFL clubs playing at least one league fixture before their buying window ends. An exemption on loan deals has been agreed because lower-league clubs rely heavily on short-term signings and Fifa has outlawed emergency loans outside the transfer window. To guard against potential abuse of this loophole, once the window for permanent signings closes, clubs would be prevented from converting any loan deal into a permanent one until the window reopens in January. Tomorrow’s vote is unlikely to be unanimous amid a lack of consensus about whether the benefits of an earlier closure outweigh the drawbacks. While it would give managers a more settled squad at the start of the season, it would also restrict their ability to improve it after seeing their players perform during the opening month. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, September’s Premier League vote, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, could hardly have been closer. Manchester United, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City all opposed the change, with Burnley abstaining.
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
The English Football League is on the brink of following the Premier League’s lead by shutting its transfer window early. England’s 72 lower league clubs were expected to vote to stop themselves making permanent signings from the Thursday after the start of their season. That would see their transfer window harmonised with that of the Premier League, the members of which in September imposed an early closure on their own buying window from this summer. Like their top-flight counterparts, EFL clubs would still be able to sell players to foreign teams whose own windows close at a later date, but they would also be able to continue to make loan signings up to the end of August. EFL clubs meet at Villa Park tomorrow for a vote which requires the support of more than half of all teams and half of those in the Championship. 10 most significant deals of the transfer window That follows a proposal put forward by the league’s executive in September for the introduction of an early closure, something it said its clubs “overwhelmingly” supported ahead of a period of consultation over two proposed dates for that closure. The first was harmonisation with the Premier League, the transfer window of which will now shut at 5pm on the Thursday before the start of the top-flight season, which falls on August 9 this year. The second was closing the window on the Thursday before the EFL season kicks off, usually a week earlier than the elite division. Harmonisation was the preferred option, meaning EFL clubs playing at least one league fixture before their buying window ends. An exemption on loan deals has been agreed because lower-league clubs rely heavily on short-term signings and Fifa has outlawed emergency loans outside the transfer window. To guard against potential abuse of this loophole, once the window for permanent signings closes, clubs would be prevented from converting any loan deal into a permanent one until the window reopens in January. Tomorrow’s vote is unlikely to be unanimous amid a lack of consensus about whether the benefits of an earlier closure outweigh the drawbacks. While it would give managers a more settled squad at the start of the season, it would also restrict their ability to improve it after seeing their players perform during the opening month. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, September’s Premier League vote, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, could hardly have been closer. Manchester United, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City all opposed the change, with Burnley abstaining.
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
EFL will vote to adopt same transfer window dates as Premier League
Offenbar hat der englische Meister FC Chelsea ein Auge auf Youngster Christian Pulisic von Borussia Dortmund geworfen. Gemäß eines englischen Medienberichts soll der Offensivspieler im Sommer ein Kandidat an der Stamford Bridge werden.
Premier League: Transfergerücht: Chelsea hat Pulisic als Erben von Hazard auserkoren
Offenbar hat der englische Meister FC Chelsea ein Auge auf Youngster Christian Pulisic von Borussia Dortmund geworfen. Gemäß eines englischen Medienberichts soll der Offensivspieler im Sommer ein Kandidat an der Stamford Bridge werden.
 8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
8:08PM 23 mins N'Zonzi is booked for catching Sanchez on the behind, or to be more specific, his buttock. Sanchez has felt that one, rolls around a bit and then tries to show everyone the wound he may have suffered before deciding maybe he shouldn't do that. The game is pretty scrappy now, both teams look organised and disciplined, though Sevilla are perhaps asking more of the questions. 8:05PM 20 mins Pogba's first involvement is to chase the ball down the right wing and lose it. He's in his dream midfield three now so there's no excuse if this doesn't work for him tonight. Young has to stay alert to head a long diagonal ball behind for a corner. Possession: Sevilla vs Man Utd 8:03PM 18 mins POGBA ALERT. POGBA ALERT. [dabs everywhere] Pogba is on the pitch. Mourinho's evil plans are in tatters. What are the odds he scores and does one of those "shhhhhhh!" celebrations? 8:02PM 17 mins Valencia carries the ball towards the box, Herrera overlaps and is into the box. The pass comes in, he back-heels across goal... and it's cleared away. Oh no! He's injured! Herrera's done for the night, having pulled a muscle with that little run. Darren Fletcher on commentary says "that looks terminal" but I'm not sure Herrera will die from the injury. I don't know for certain. But also I do. 8:01PM 16 mins Banega tries a long range effort but it's too high. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Éver Banega, 14 min) A chipped ball over the top towards Lukaku causes panic as Lenglet and Mercado struggle to cope with his strength and balance... but he can't take the ball down nor pass it to Mata and Sevilla deal with the situation well. Sevilla go forward quickly and get another shot away. This time it's wide. Miss: Sevilla 0 - 0 Man Utd (Jesús Navas, 15 min) 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
 7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
7:57PM 13 mins Sanchez runs into space, controls and pushes the ball towards the box... but Navas speeds in (the one with the sharp blue eyes - don't act like you don't know) and shuts him down. 7:56PM 12 mins Sevilla taking their time with passes, United fall behind the halfway line to compact the midfield and Sevilla can't really go very far. United are effectively keeping them at arm's length. 7:53PM 9 mins Young does really well to stop Sarabia running directly at him and De Gea hits the ball long up the pitch. Valencia gets forward for a throw in, McTominay controls superbly and passes to Lukaku, who hits a ball out to the left wing and Sanchez gets his first touch! Corner to Man Utd. 7:51PM 6 mins Muriel is able to sprint past Smalling but although he's quicker to accelerate, the defender is able to hold him off and win the tackle. Correa tries a step over and goes down under a mistimed tackle from Mata. Sevilla are attacking with purpose here, passing the ball really nicely. 7:48PM 4 mins United have a lot of bodies behind the ball early on! Lukaku is the out-ball, tries to spin N'Zonzi but goes down and loses possession in the centre-circle. This is a definite 4-5-1 from United. Sevilla come forward, Muriel has the ball 25 yards out and tries a shot... SAVE by De Gea! That was a decent effort! 7:47PM 2 mins Sevilla win a corner early on, Banega whips it in but United defend well and get the second phase attack out for a throw. 7:45PM KICK OFF Sevilla kick off 7:42PM Here come the teams You can't even hear this song over the top of the Sevilla support. What a noise! 7:36PM This is genuinely excellent TV BT Sport making use of the expert pundits they have on offer is an absolute treat. I could watch Lampard and Scholes discuss the minute details of how to play in midfield, how they reacted after games, how they'd coach Pogba for the rest of the evening. Lampard has essentially said that Pogba needs to take some responsibility and can't rely on other people to reign him in when he goes wandering. "After Tottenham I wouldn't have slept but he's doing the same thing against Newcastle" is a rough paraphrase. 7:32PM More on Pogba "It's awareness and effort," continues Lampard, who knows exactly what it's like going from attacking midfield to a deeper role. This is great television, lovely stuff by the BT Sport lads. "We're still talking 18 months into his United career where his best position in the team is," says Scholes. "He's a player who scores goals, dictates the pace of the game. I don't think the team sets up to get the best out of Pogba," argues Ferdinand. 7:29PM Mourinho on Pogba This is from a BT Sport VT. "When you speak about Paul Pogba is a player who in his best moment had to stop twice, then when he's playing really well he is suspended." Pogba has been shunted out of momentum a couple of times this season and he's struggled ever so slightly in his last few games, trying to do a little too much. In a midfield two he needs to be a little bit better positionally. "It's all about defensive responsibility, Mourinho's trying to shock him", is what Frank Lampard thinks. 7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
<p>Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe</p>
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe

Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe

<p>Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe</p>
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe

Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe

There seems to be more money than ever before in England&#39;s top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
 7:06PM Mourinho&#39;s reaction to Des Kelly&#39;s questions &quot;Three questions and all about Paul?!&quot; he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba&#39;s absence. Des knows what he&#39;s doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho&#39;s 4-3-3 Isn&#39;t that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he&#39;s better in a three but Mourinho isn&#39;t having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn&#39;t include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you&#39;ve attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What&#39;s going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight&#39;s #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight&#39;s Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what&#39;s this? Pogba&#39;s on the bench?! That&#39;s what Jason Burt&#39;s heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can&#39;t Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We&#39;ll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let&#39;s all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren&#39;t in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Sevilla vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates
7:06PM Mourinho's reaction to Des Kelly's questions "Three questions and all about Paul?!" he asks after three questions about Paul Pogba's absence. Des knows what he's doing and laughs it off as he moves onto asking about the actual game. 7:03PM Mourinho's 4-3-3 Isn't that a thing. Scott McTominay is preferred to Paul Pogba, Juan Mata gets the nod over Anthony Martial and Mourinho changes to a 4-3-3, despite the clamour for him to do so much sooner to get more out of Pogba. Even Pogba has admitted he's better in a three but Mourinho isn't having it - a talent like that should be able to play in multiple systems, not only one which suits him alone. 6:46PM Do you like holidays? Do you like football? Well wait a darned minute there because I might have the perfect little thing for you to read! The 10 best European football away days Incredibly it doesn't include a trip to Pittodrie, Aberdeen but perhaps that is fair, since once you've attended a match there you never need to go another football game again. Wait, I mean you never want to go to another football game again. 6:39PM Sevilla starting lineup ONCE del #SevillaFC ante el @ManUtd_Es en la IDA de 1/8 de final de la @LigadeCampeones#vamosmisevilla#UCL#ThisIsSevillapic.twitter.com/fiz3jEbvp3— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) February 21, 2018 6:38PM No Pogba - confirmed Controversial scenes, Clive. What's going on here then? Phenomenal scenes from Jose Mourinho. Martial dropped too. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 6:25PM Good evening! Hello lovely humans, welcome to our liveblog for tonight's Champions League game featuring PAUL POGBA. [dabs everywhere] But wait - what's this? Pogba's on the bench?! That's what Jason Burt's heard and you can read all about it here. Could that switch make Man Utd more balanced on the pitch? Does it make them weaker? Who will dab? Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and represent a real challenge for United tonight. They play some really nice football and have some excellent players - Ever Banega is an exceptional talent and has the potential to run the game. We'll find out the starting lineups shortly. Until then, let's all think about Pogba. And Romelu Lukaku - Sevilla aren't in the top six of the Premier League, which means he should be able to score against them.
Liverpool say striker Roberto Firmino has been “exonerated” after the Football Association decided not to pursue a charge of racist abuse against Everton’s Mason Holgate. After a six-week investigation involving players from both clubs, the FA said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Everton accepted the decision. A separate investigation into alleged homophobic tweets posted by Holgate several years ago is ongoing. Liverpool said Firmino – who spent several hours being questioned at Wembley Stadium during the investigation – had found the process “hurtful” and “difficult”. Team-mates including James Milner, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave witness statements on Firmino’s behalf. Everton skipper Phil Jagielka was also among the players interviewed by the governing body’s integrity department. Firmino and Holgate had an altercation during the FA Cup third round Credit: Getty Images In their statement, the FA said no players from either club, nor referee Bobby Madley or his accompanying match officials, heard any racial slur. Independent linguistic experts supported Firmino. “We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language,” Liverpool wrote in a statement. “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family. “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one. The referee tried to diffuse the incident Credit: Getty Images “Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.” The FA explained their decision in a detailed statement, but were eager not to question the integrity of Holgate’s complaint following their deliberations. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” said the FA. “We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.” On the process itself, which took over a month, the FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. My favourite ever Premier League match “Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him. “As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation. “We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Everton issued a dignified response accepting the FA’s finding. “Everton Football Club acknowledges and appreciates the thoroughness of the FA’s investigation into the incident that took place during our FA Cup third round game on January 5,” they said. “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part. “The FA has reached its determination and, as a club, we accept this.”
Roberto Firmino will not be charged by FA for alleged racial abuse at Mason Holgate
Liverpool say striker Roberto Firmino has been “exonerated” after the Football Association decided not to pursue a charge of racist abuse against Everton’s Mason Holgate. After a six-week investigation involving players from both clubs, the FA said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Everton accepted the decision. A separate investigation into alleged homophobic tweets posted by Holgate several years ago is ongoing. Liverpool said Firmino – who spent several hours being questioned at Wembley Stadium during the investigation – had found the process “hurtful” and “difficult”. Team-mates including James Milner, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave witness statements on Firmino’s behalf. Everton skipper Phil Jagielka was also among the players interviewed by the governing body’s integrity department. Firmino and Holgate had an altercation during the FA Cup third round Credit: Getty Images In their statement, the FA said no players from either club, nor referee Bobby Madley or his accompanying match officials, heard any racial slur. Independent linguistic experts supported Firmino. “We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language,” Liverpool wrote in a statement. “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family. “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one. The referee tried to diffuse the incident Credit: Getty Images “Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.” The FA explained their decision in a detailed statement, but were eager not to question the integrity of Holgate’s complaint following their deliberations. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” said the FA. “We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.” On the process itself, which took over a month, the FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. My favourite ever Premier League match “Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him. “As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation. “We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Everton issued a dignified response accepting the FA’s finding. “Everton Football Club acknowledges and appreciates the thoroughness of the FA’s investigation into the incident that took place during our FA Cup third round game on January 5,” they said. “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part. “The FA has reached its determination and, as a club, we accept this.”
Liverpool say striker Roberto Firmino has been “exonerated” after the Football Association decided not to pursue a charge of racist abuse against Everton’s Mason Holgate. After a six-week investigation involving players from both clubs, the FA said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Everton accepted the decision. A separate investigation into alleged homophobic tweets posted by Holgate several years ago is ongoing. Liverpool said Firmino – who spent several hours being questioned at Wembley Stadium during the investigation – had found the process “hurtful” and “difficult”. Team-mates including James Milner, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave witness statements on Firmino’s behalf. Everton skipper Phil Jagielka was also among the players interviewed by the governing body’s integrity department. Firmino and Holgate had an altercation during the FA Cup third round Credit: Getty Images In their statement, the FA said no players from either club, nor referee Bobby Madley or his accompanying match officials, heard any racial slur. Independent linguistic experts supported Firmino. “We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language,” Liverpool wrote in a statement. “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family. “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one. The referee tried to diffuse the incident Credit: Getty Images “Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.” The FA explained their decision in a detailed statement, but were eager not to question the integrity of Holgate’s complaint following their deliberations. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” said the FA. “We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.” On the process itself, which took over a month, the FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. My favourite ever Premier League match “Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him. “As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation. “We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Everton issued a dignified response accepting the FA’s finding. “Everton Football Club acknowledges and appreciates the thoroughness of the FA’s investigation into the incident that took place during our FA Cup third round game on January 5,” they said. “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part. “The FA has reached its determination and, as a club, we accept this.”
Roberto Firmino will not be charged by FA for alleged racial abuse at Mason Holgate
Liverpool say striker Roberto Firmino has been “exonerated” after the Football Association decided not to pursue a charge of racist abuse against Everton’s Mason Holgate. After a six-week investigation involving players from both clubs, the FA said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Everton accepted the decision. A separate investigation into alleged homophobic tweets posted by Holgate several years ago is ongoing. Liverpool said Firmino – who spent several hours being questioned at Wembley Stadium during the investigation – had found the process “hurtful” and “difficult”. Team-mates including James Milner, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave witness statements on Firmino’s behalf. Everton skipper Phil Jagielka was also among the players interviewed by the governing body’s integrity department. Firmino and Holgate had an altercation during the FA Cup third round Credit: Getty Images In their statement, the FA said no players from either club, nor referee Bobby Madley or his accompanying match officials, heard any racial slur. Independent linguistic experts supported Firmino. “We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language,” Liverpool wrote in a statement. “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family. “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one. The referee tried to diffuse the incident Credit: Getty Images “Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.” The FA explained their decision in a detailed statement, but were eager not to question the integrity of Holgate’s complaint following their deliberations. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” said the FA. “We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.” On the process itself, which took over a month, the FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. My favourite ever Premier League match “Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him. “As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation. “We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Everton issued a dignified response accepting the FA’s finding. “Everton Football Club acknowledges and appreciates the thoroughness of the FA’s investigation into the incident that took place during our FA Cup third round game on January 5,” they said. “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part. “The FA has reached its determination and, as a club, we accept this.”
Liverpool say striker Roberto Firmino has been “exonerated” after the Football Association decided not to pursue a charge of racist abuse against Everton’s Mason Holgate. After a six-week investigation involving players from both clubs, the FA said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Everton accepted the decision. A separate investigation into alleged homophobic tweets posted by Holgate several years ago is ongoing. Liverpool said Firmino – who spent several hours being questioned at Wembley Stadium during the investigation – had found the process “hurtful” and “difficult”. Team-mates including James Milner, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave witness statements on Firmino’s behalf. Everton skipper Phil Jagielka was also among the players interviewed by the governing body’s integrity department. Firmino and Holgate had an altercation during the FA Cup third round Credit: Getty Images In their statement, the FA said no players from either club, nor referee Bobby Madley or his accompanying match officials, heard any racial slur. Independent linguistic experts supported Firmino. “We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language,” Liverpool wrote in a statement. “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family. “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one. The referee tried to diffuse the incident Credit: Getty Images “Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.” The FA explained their decision in a detailed statement, but were eager not to question the integrity of Holgate’s complaint following their deliberations. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” said the FA. “We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.” On the process itself, which took over a month, the FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. My favourite ever Premier League match “Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him. “As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation. “We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Everton issued a dignified response accepting the FA’s finding. “Everton Football Club acknowledges and appreciates the thoroughness of the FA’s investigation into the incident that took place during our FA Cup third round game on January 5,” they said. “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part. “The FA has reached its determination and, as a club, we accept this.”
Roberto Firmino will not be charged by FA for alleged racial abuse at Mason Holgate
Liverpool say striker Roberto Firmino has been “exonerated” after the Football Association decided not to pursue a charge of racist abuse against Everton’s Mason Holgate. After a six-week investigation involving players from both clubs, the FA said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Everton accepted the decision. A separate investigation into alleged homophobic tweets posted by Holgate several years ago is ongoing. Liverpool said Firmino – who spent several hours being questioned at Wembley Stadium during the investigation – had found the process “hurtful” and “difficult”. Team-mates including James Milner, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave witness statements on Firmino’s behalf. Everton skipper Phil Jagielka was also among the players interviewed by the governing body’s integrity department. Firmino and Holgate had an altercation during the FA Cup third round Credit: Getty Images In their statement, the FA said no players from either club, nor referee Bobby Madley or his accompanying match officials, heard any racial slur. Independent linguistic experts supported Firmino. “We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language,” Liverpool wrote in a statement. “We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family. “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one. The referee tried to diffuse the incident Credit: Getty Images “Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.” The FA explained their decision in a detailed statement, but were eager not to question the integrity of Holgate’s complaint following their deliberations. “We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation,” said the FA. “We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.” On the process itself, which took over a month, the FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. My favourite ever Premier League match “Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him. “As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation. “We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.” Everton issued a dignified response accepting the FA’s finding. “Everton Football Club acknowledges and appreciates the thoroughness of the FA’s investigation into the incident that took place during our FA Cup third round game on January 5,” they said. “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part. “The FA has reached its determination and, as a club, we accept this.”
Craig Bellamy has emerged as the preferred candidate to become the next manager of Oxford United. The former Wales striker has been selected by the Oxford board after a thorough recruitment search by the League One club over the past few weeks. The 38-year-old is currently the player development manager at Championship club Cardiff City, where he finished his playing career, and has already earned a reputation as a good and ambitious coach in that role. Cardiff are aware of Bellamy’s ambitions to become a manager and have given Oxford permission to speak to the former Wales and Liverpool forward. Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said: “We want to facilitate Craig’s opportunities to get experience. This could be a good move for his career.” Oxford sacked Pep Clotet on Jan 22 and have taken their time before settling on his successor. Talks with Bellamy are on-going but he has impressed Oxford with the thoroughness of his approach and his determination to succeed as a manager. Bellamy was recently interviewed for the job of Wales coach, to succeed Chris Coleman, and is understood to have delivered an outstanding presentation and was believed to have been unfortunate to lose out to Ryan Giggs. Craig Bellamy made 78 appearances for Wales Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Oxford are 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, and have slid down the table after losing five of their last six games. Derek Fazackerley has been in caretaker charge and is expected to remain at the club. Oxford are a highly-ambitious club and have the resources to compete and would appear an attractive option for Bellamy in his first managerial job. The club are keen to push for a young, energetic manager and Bellamy is determined to do well. His record of working with young players is also attractive to Oxford who have forged strong links with Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool from whom they have taken players on loan or signed on a permanent basis. In 2013, the year before he retired as a player, Bellamy said: “I want to become one of the greatest managers that has ever lived. Why not? If it doesn’t happen, then I’ve given everything and I’d be proud of whatever I’m able to achieve.”
Craig Bellamy emerges as Oxford United's first choice for manager's job
Craig Bellamy has emerged as the preferred candidate to become the next manager of Oxford United. The former Wales striker has been selected by the Oxford board after a thorough recruitment search by the League One club over the past few weeks. The 38-year-old is currently the player development manager at Championship club Cardiff City, where he finished his playing career, and has already earned a reputation as a good and ambitious coach in that role. Cardiff are aware of Bellamy’s ambitions to become a manager and have given Oxford permission to speak to the former Wales and Liverpool forward. Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said: “We want to facilitate Craig’s opportunities to get experience. This could be a good move for his career.” Oxford sacked Pep Clotet on Jan 22 and have taken their time before settling on his successor. Talks with Bellamy are on-going but he has impressed Oxford with the thoroughness of his approach and his determination to succeed as a manager. Bellamy was recently interviewed for the job of Wales coach, to succeed Chris Coleman, and is understood to have delivered an outstanding presentation and was believed to have been unfortunate to lose out to Ryan Giggs. Craig Bellamy made 78 appearances for Wales Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Oxford are 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, and have slid down the table after losing five of their last six games. Derek Fazackerley has been in caretaker charge and is expected to remain at the club. Oxford are a highly-ambitious club and have the resources to compete and would appear an attractive option for Bellamy in his first managerial job. The club are keen to push for a young, energetic manager and Bellamy is determined to do well. His record of working with young players is also attractive to Oxford who have forged strong links with Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool from whom they have taken players on loan or signed on a permanent basis. In 2013, the year before he retired as a player, Bellamy said: “I want to become one of the greatest managers that has ever lived. Why not? If it doesn’t happen, then I’ve given everything and I’d be proud of whatever I’m able to achieve.”
Craig Bellamy has emerged as the preferred candidate to become the next manager of Oxford United. The former Wales striker has been selected by the Oxford board after a thorough recruitment search by the League One club over the past few weeks. The 38-year-old is currently the player development manager at Championship club Cardiff City, where he finished his playing career, and has already earned a reputation as a good and ambitious coach in that role. Cardiff are aware of Bellamy’s ambitions to become a manager and have given Oxford permission to speak to the former Wales and Liverpool forward. Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said: “We want to facilitate Craig’s opportunities to get experience. This could be a good move for his career.” Oxford sacked Pep Clotet on Jan 22 and have taken their time before settling on his successor. Talks with Bellamy are on-going but he has impressed Oxford with the thoroughness of his approach and his determination to succeed as a manager. Bellamy was recently interviewed for the job of Wales coach, to succeed Chris Coleman, and is understood to have delivered an outstanding presentation and was believed to have been unfortunate to lose out to Ryan Giggs. Craig Bellamy made 78 appearances for Wales Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Oxford are 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, and have slid down the table after losing five of their last six games. Derek Fazackerley has been in caretaker charge and is expected to remain at the club. Oxford are a highly-ambitious club and have the resources to compete and would appear an attractive option for Bellamy in his first managerial job. The club are keen to push for a young, energetic manager and Bellamy is determined to do well. His record of working with young players is also attractive to Oxford who have forged strong links with Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool from whom they have taken players on loan or signed on a permanent basis. In 2013, the year before he retired as a player, Bellamy said: “I want to become one of the greatest managers that has ever lived. Why not? If it doesn’t happen, then I’ve given everything and I’d be proud of whatever I’m able to achieve.”
Craig Bellamy emerges as Oxford United's first choice for manager's job
Craig Bellamy has emerged as the preferred candidate to become the next manager of Oxford United. The former Wales striker has been selected by the Oxford board after a thorough recruitment search by the League One club over the past few weeks. The 38-year-old is currently the player development manager at Championship club Cardiff City, where he finished his playing career, and has already earned a reputation as a good and ambitious coach in that role. Cardiff are aware of Bellamy’s ambitions to become a manager and have given Oxford permission to speak to the former Wales and Liverpool forward. Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said: “We want to facilitate Craig’s opportunities to get experience. This could be a good move for his career.” Oxford sacked Pep Clotet on Jan 22 and have taken their time before settling on his successor. Talks with Bellamy are on-going but he has impressed Oxford with the thoroughness of his approach and his determination to succeed as a manager. Bellamy was recently interviewed for the job of Wales coach, to succeed Chris Coleman, and is understood to have delivered an outstanding presentation and was believed to have been unfortunate to lose out to Ryan Giggs. Craig Bellamy made 78 appearances for Wales Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Oxford are 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, and have slid down the table after losing five of their last six games. Derek Fazackerley has been in caretaker charge and is expected to remain at the club. Oxford are a highly-ambitious club and have the resources to compete and would appear an attractive option for Bellamy in his first managerial job. The club are keen to push for a young, energetic manager and Bellamy is determined to do well. His record of working with young players is also attractive to Oxford who have forged strong links with Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool from whom they have taken players on loan or signed on a permanent basis. In 2013, the year before he retired as a player, Bellamy said: “I want to become one of the greatest managers that has ever lived. Why not? If it doesn’t happen, then I’ve given everything and I’d be proud of whatever I’m able to achieve.”
Paul Pogbahas been left out of the starting line-up for the first-leg of Manchester United’s last-16 Champions League tie in Seville. Although Pogba rained with the first-team for the past two days, after missing Saturday’s FA Cup tie away to Huddersfield Town through illness, Jose Mourinho has not recalled him, confirming runours that began to filter out on Wednesday afternoon. Instead Mourinho continued with Scott McTominay, who replaced Pogba against Huddersfield, in a midfield alongside Nemanja Matic as he aims for a positive result to take into the second leg. Ander Herrera also starts after missing the last three games through injury. The decision to omit Pogba and make him a substitute will inevitably fuel the on-going debate over the midfielder’s role at United under Mourinho. It seems extraordinary to omit Pogba for such a vital match but he has also been struggling for form. However it could simply be that having suffered from the illness – which has not been specified – he has been deemed not fit enough to start. Interestingly Mourinho suggested at his press conference on Tuesday that Pogba was fit to start. “When a player is in a competitive [training] session it is normally because they are ready without problems,&quot; Mourinho said. How #MUFC line up for tonight&#39;s #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 Pogba, the most expensive player to be bought by a British club, at £89million, has been substituted on his last two starts for United against Tottenham and Newcastle. He was left out of the team for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League on Feb 3 before coming on as a 65th-minute substitute. It has led to a debate as to whether or not Mourinho is getting the best out of the French international or that Pogba needs to simply work as his manager is demanding. Leaving him out of this tie only adds to that debate.
Paul Pogba left out of Manchester United's starting XI in Seville
Paul Pogbahas been left out of the starting line-up for the first-leg of Manchester United’s last-16 Champions League tie in Seville. Although Pogba rained with the first-team for the past two days, after missing Saturday’s FA Cup tie away to Huddersfield Town through illness, Jose Mourinho has not recalled him, confirming runours that began to filter out on Wednesday afternoon. Instead Mourinho continued with Scott McTominay, who replaced Pogba against Huddersfield, in a midfield alongside Nemanja Matic as he aims for a positive result to take into the second leg. Ander Herrera also starts after missing the last three games through injury. The decision to omit Pogba and make him a substitute will inevitably fuel the on-going debate over the midfielder’s role at United under Mourinho. It seems extraordinary to omit Pogba for such a vital match but he has also been struggling for form. However it could simply be that having suffered from the illness – which has not been specified – he has been deemed not fit enough to start. Interestingly Mourinho suggested at his press conference on Tuesday that Pogba was fit to start. “When a player is in a competitive [training] session it is normally because they are ready without problems," Mourinho said. How #MUFC line up for tonight's #UCL clash with Sevilla... pic.twitter.com/7g80OaosMv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 Pogba, the most expensive player to be bought by a British club, at £89million, has been substituted on his last two starts for United against Tottenham and Newcastle. He was left out of the team for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League on Feb 3 before coming on as a 65th-minute substitute. It has led to a debate as to whether or not Mourinho is getting the best out of the French international or that Pogba needs to simply work as his manager is demanding. Leaving him out of this tie only adds to that debate.
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
David Wagner interview: 'If you sign for Huddersfield, you are usually out of your comfort zone'
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
David Wagner interview: 'If you sign for Huddersfield, you are usually out of your comfort zone'
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
David Wagner interview: 'If you sign for Huddersfield, you are usually out of your comfort zone'
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
David Wagner interview: 'If you sign for Huddersfield, you are usually out of your comfort zone'
Huddersfield Town’s training ground is a world away from the secluded, high-security complexes that house many of their Premier League rivals. At the public sports venue located on the busy Leeds Road, a short hop from the John Smith’s Stadium, you are just as likely to bump into a pensioner pitching up for a game of bowls or croquet at PPG Canalside as you are David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, or one of his squad. The players’ canteen is open to the public, and at a time when there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the man on the street and top-flight footballers, Huddersfield represent a welcome throwback to another age. It is no surprise to discover Wagner has been showered with hugs by happy locals at PPG this season, and if Huddersfield can overcome West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to keep their noses in front in a congested relegation battle, the German will be in line for a lot more love. “I’d take every hug,” Wagner says, smiling. The trip to the Hawthorns is the first of seven matches that seem likely to determine Huddersfield’s fate. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday week aside, all of Huddersfield’s opponents are involved in their own fight for survival, even if the pressures on some are much greater than those facing a club punching far above their weight in their first top-flight campaign for 45 years. Huddersfield face a tough spell of fixtures in coming weeks against teams fighting for their lives Credit: Getty Images “I’m very proud of where we are so far with 27 points from 27 games in the most difficult circumstances of any Premier League club for sure, not only financial wise,” Wagner says. “I’m excited to see where this will end. It feels a little bit like the last few months of last season in the Championship when I was very proud of what the players had done, but also so excited to wonder, ‘What at the end will we get out of it?’. We know that we have a chance to stay up and I think the most important thing will be how we deal with defeats, because we’ll have some defeats in the next 11 games. “There are fixtures that are more winnable than others and maybe our advantage is that we are so calm and so clear in our head. We know where we’ve come from and we really can be focused on what we have to do, rather than contend with all the other talk that maybe other teams who are in our situation have to deal with. “If we speak about pressure, what kind of pressure do Newcastle have? Or Southampton? Or West Brom? They loaned [Daniel] Sturridge from Liverpool. This only shows how the pressure is on that club.” Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career Credit: Getty Images As a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, was Wagner not tempted to try to call in a favour over Sturridge before West Brom pounced? “I know a little bit financially about what his players and what this club are dealing with, so don’t waste your money on those phone calls!” Wagner says, laughing. Wagner’s only taste of England before he joined Huddersfield in November 2015 after four years working with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund was a connecting flight from Heathrow. The club were 18th in the Championship and his wife Judith’s initial response was: “Where’s Huddersfield?” The reality is Huddersfield will probably be a stepping stone in Wagner’s upwardly mobile managerial career, but he has bought in wholeheartedly to the club, what they represent and their importance to the community. Wagner once took his squad to an uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden on a pre-season bonding exercise and asked them to fend for themselves – no bed, no toilet, fishing for food – but in top-flight football terms, life is a little less ordinary at Huddersfield anyway. “If you sign for this club, you are usually out of your comfort zone,” he says. “This is why I don’t usually have to create uncomfortable situations, because we are anything but a typical Premier League club. We got promoted with an £11 million budget. Nobody planned it, nobody expected it and now we are here. We have to deal with it and this means we have to live with these circumstances that are anything but Premier League standard.” It is written in players’ contracts that they must live within 15 miles of the training ground. Travelling long distances in a car undermines preparation and recovery times in Wagner’s eyes and, besides, given his insistence on frequent double training sessions he wants players to live close by so they can nip home to relax between times. Wagner arrived in England a month after his good friend Klopp Credit: Asadour Guzelian “For the players who were already here, I spoke to them and some of them moved house to be closer to the training ground,” Wagner explains. “They didn’t have to move, but some of them did because they understood the reasons and see and feel the benefits. We need to find those small percentages that can make a difference because of the financial restrictions we have.” Wagner is intrigued by English suspicions about double training sessions and believes, in the main, that professional standards are higher in Germany. He also thinks the transition to the first team for players aged 19-23 is far better in his homeland, where the means to buy are less and clubs often have B teams playing in competitive conditions in the lower tiers. But there is plenty he prefers about England, not least the willingness of referees to let the game flow and a lot less play-acting. It is why Wagner was disappointed to see Rajiv van La Parra feigning injury in this month’s 2-0 league defeat away at Manchester United, when the Huddersfield winger went down clutching a leg before jumping up the moment the ball came back his way. My favourite ever Premier League match “I spoke to him about it and he has to work on it because in England you can get your stamp and then it can be difficult for you, but I think he will learn from it,” Wagner says. Wagner arrived in England a month after Klopp, with whom he was a team-mate at Mainz in the early Nineties and they have been best friends since. They speak at least once a week on the phone, often reviewing one another’s games, but also discussing wider matters. When Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, they spent time analysing some of the game’s key moments, but Wagner insists no one should be fooled into thinking it is too cosy a relationship. “Before the first game in October, the pressure on Jurgen was huge,” Wagner says. “We were only a point behind Liverpool going into it. If we’d won we’d have gone above them. Before our second game they’d lost two matches in a row and we had lost our previous three league games. We are totally direct rivals!” There may be no more games against Liverpool to play, but Huddersfield’s final four opponents include Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is a very tough finish but, before then, opportunity knocks. Huddersfield Town have partnered with coconut water brand Coco Fuzion 100 as their official hydration partner
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has outrageously claimed that Manchester United&#39;s Champions League Round of 16 opponents Sevilla are of equivalent quality to a bottom six Premier League squad; verifying his place in the not-so-exclusive club of football pundits who know absolutely nothing about the sport outside of the Premier League.​ Wednesday night sees the Red Devils come up against fifth placed La Liga side Sevilla in what promises to be another entertaining evening of Champions...
'Sevilla Are Bottom 6 Premier League Side': Ray Wilkins Offers Bizarre Evaluation of La Liga Side
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has outrageously claimed that Manchester United's Champions League Round of 16 opponents Sevilla are of equivalent quality to a bottom six Premier League squad; verifying his place in the not-so-exclusive club of football pundits who know absolutely nothing about the sport outside of the Premier League.​ Wednesday night sees the Red Devils come up against fifth placed La Liga side Sevilla in what promises to be another entertaining evening of Champions...
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has outrageously claimed that Manchester United&#39;s Champions League Round of 16 opponents Sevilla are of equivalent quality to a bottom six Premier League squad; verifying his place in the not-so-exclusive club of football pundits who know absolutely nothing about the sport outside of the Premier League.​ Wednesday night sees the Red Devils come up against fifth placed La Liga side Sevilla in what promises to be another entertaining evening of Champions...
'Sevilla Are Bottom 6 Premier League Side': Ray Wilkins Offers Bizarre Evaluation of La Liga Side
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has outrageously claimed that Manchester United's Champions League Round of 16 opponents Sevilla are of equivalent quality to a bottom six Premier League squad; verifying his place in the not-so-exclusive club of football pundits who know absolutely nothing about the sport outside of the Premier League.​ Wednesday night sees the Red Devils come up against fifth placed La Liga side Sevilla in what promises to be another entertaining evening of Champions...
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has outrageously claimed that Manchester United&#39;s Champions League Round of 16 opponents Sevilla are of equivalent quality to a bottom six Premier League squad; verifying his place in the not-so-exclusive club of football pundits who know absolutely nothing about the sport outside of the Premier League.​ Wednesday night sees the Red Devils come up against fifth placed La Liga side Sevilla in what promises to be another entertaining evening of Champions...
'Sevilla Are Bottom 6 Premier League Side': Ray Wilkins Offers Bizarre Evaluation of La Liga Side
Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has outrageously claimed that Manchester United's Champions League Round of 16 opponents Sevilla are of equivalent quality to a bottom six Premier League squad; verifying his place in the not-so-exclusive club of football pundits who know absolutely nothing about the sport outside of the Premier League.​ Wednesday night sees the Red Devils come up against fifth placed La Liga side Sevilla in what promises to be another entertaining evening of Champions...
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There seems to be more money than ever before in England&#39;s top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
There seems to be more money than ever before in England&#39;s top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
<p>Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe</p>
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe

Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe

There seems to be more money than ever before in England&#39;s top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
There seems to be more money than ever before in England&#39;s top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?
Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe
There seems to be more money than ever before in England's top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts?

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