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Manchester United escapes from Sevilla, but looks like a Champions League pretender

22 Febrero 2018

Roma has been having issues meeting the requirements for Financial Fair Play, and a source with knowledge of the situation says those needs will likely force the club to have to sell more players this summer.

However, the game against Sevilla was too soon for Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini who are still out injured.

"He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday".

Deschamps also dismissed suggestions that the tactics used by United boss Jose Mourinho had limited Pogba's impact.

Pogba has been criticised in recent weeks, with the 24-year-old lasting just over an hour before being substituted in his last two Premier League starts.

The Portuguese has frequently cut a cold and isolated figure this season so it was refreshing to see some genuine warmth. The great keepers don't have to make saves every 10 minutes.

"He was pressing really high, we start the match not giving one inch to (Ever) Banega, pressing him really high".

At the end of which it is tempting to wonder in which parallel universe of José-shaped egomania this is a fight worth picking.

'Pogba can play any position in the middle of the field, two or three, without worry.

But Pogba is expected to be one of France's key players at the World Cup, and Deschamps is confident that the midfielder is on track.

The Spaniard was at his commanding best and made vital saves to allow United to scrape a 0-0 draw in southern Spain.

Mourinho made it very clear ahead of kick-off on Wednesday night that he had grown tired of the endless questions about Paul Pogba and the rumoured rift between the midfielder and the Manchester United manager.

MF Juan Mata, 6 - Combative in the tackle, and worked hard but to little effect in attack.

"Moussa is the prototype solider".

MF Marcus Rashford, NA - Stretched the play well with some good runs from the moment of his introduction. The composure deserved a goal, but Chris Smalling was once again on hand to deflect the effort away.

The Reds had the ball in the back of the net, too, on 83 minutes, when Lukaku spun his marker inside the penalty area and shot past goalkeeper Sergio Rico, seemingly completing a perfect smash-and-grab outing, until the referee blew his whistle for an apparent handball from the Belgian striker.

While a poor performance from United, Sevilla were impressive.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ is in desperate need of goals at Manchester United. United now hold the advantage with the return of the tie to come at Old Trafford.

It is, of course, important not to be drawn too deeply into another Mourinho psychodrama.

Manchester United escapes from Sevilla, but looks like a Champions League pretender