Juan Mata states his prediction for Man United v Sevilla
The Manchester United star is confident the Red Devils can beat Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash
Juan Mata is confident that Manchester United will beat Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash next month.
The Red Devils produced an uninspiring performance in Spain last week as Manchester United battled to a goalless draw with Sevilla at Sanchez Pizjuan.
Jose Mourinho’s side didn’t show much attacking adventure in the first leg to prompt some criticism of the Manchester United team.
The Red Devils responded with a 2-1 win against defending Premier League champions Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Mata was an unused substitute in the top-flight clash having featured in the Champions League clash last week.
Manchester United are looking to book their place in the Champions League for the first time since 2014 when the Red Devils lost to Bayern Munich.
Mata is confident that the Red Devils can ease past Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday 13 March.
“The goalless draw will demand a great game from us at Old Trafford, as we already knew, if we want to get to the next round,” Mata wrote on his personal blog.
“With the support of our fans, I’m convinced that we will give everything to make it, even though Sevilla is a very talented team as we know.
“By the way, I take this opportunity to thank Sevilla’s supporters at the Sanchez Pizjuan for their treatment and applause when I was substituted. It was nice.”
Manchester United won the Champions League in 2008 following a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea FC in Moscow.
The Red Devils lost to La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2009 and 2011.
Mata moved to Manchester United in a £37.1m deal from Chelsea FC in the 2013 January transfer window.