Pogba benched as Fellaini starts for Man United


Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba reacts following a challenge during the UEFA Champions League ...
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba reacts following a challenge during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Manchester United and Basel at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

In Summary

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Paul Pogba on the bench once more for Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla
  • Pogba, who joined United for a then world record £89 million ($116 million) from Juventus in 2016, sat out Saturday's 2-1 victory over Liverpool due to injury
  • sevilla has one enforced change from the first leg as the injured Jesus Navas is replaced by Simon Kjaer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Paul Pogba on the bench once more for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla with Marouane Fellaini making a surprise return instead.

Pogba, who joined United for a then world record £89 million ($116 million) from Juventus in 2016, sat out Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool due to injury and had been dropped by Mourinho for the first leg in Spain three weeks ago that ended 0-0.

Fellaini only returned from a five-week injury layoff for the final 20 minutes against Liverpool, but is preferred to Scott McTominay in one of two changes from the weekend as Jesse Lingard also replaces Juan Mata.

 

Britain Football Soccer - Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi Final First Leg - Old Trafford - 10/1/17 Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring their second goal Reuters / Phil Noble

Marcus Rashford is rewarded for scoring twice on his first Premier League start of the year, while Alexis Sanchez keeps his place despite netting just once in nine appearances since joining from Arsenal in January.

Sevilla make one enforced change from the first leg as the injured Jesus Navas is replaced by Simon Kjaer.

The Danish defender is expected to slot into his natural position in central defense with Argentine international Gabriel Mercado moving to right-back.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1)

David de Gea; Antonio Valencia (capt), Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Ashley Young; Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic; Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford; Romelu Lukaku

Coach: Jose Mourinho (POR)

Sevilla (4-2-3-1)

Sergio Rico; Gabriel Mercado, Simon Kjaer, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Escudero (capt); Ever Banega, Steven N’Zonzi; Pablo Sarabia, Franco Vazquez, Joaquin Correa; Luis Muriel

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