Manchester United travel to Sevilla to take on Sevilla in the 1st leg tie of UEFA Champions League 2017/18 (UCL) Round of 16 clash. The pressure is on Jose Mourinho to deliver a trophy or at least take Manchester United to the last-4 of the competition. Ahead of this exciting tie, we take a look at the best 11 players from both teams in our Manchester United v Sevilla Combined XI feature which does not include either of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United v Sevilla UCL Round of 16 Combined XI:
Goalkeeper – David De Gea (Man United)
David de Gea has kept 15 clean sheets in Premier League this season and has made a total of 117 saves so far this season. De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment with Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois contesting him for that spot. De Gea has won many points on his own for Man United over the years and he will be required to deliver another masterclass if United hope to qualify to the next rounds of UEFA Champions League 2017/18 (UCL) season.
Right Back – Antonio Valencia (Man United)
One of the most underrated players for Manchester United is Antonio Valencia who has delivered consistent performances throughout the season and has captained the club on several instances. Therefore, he deserves a spot in the UCL Combined XI for this clash.
Central Defenders – Eric Bailly and Clément Lenglet
The returning Eric Bailly walks into the Manchester United vs Sevilla combined XI as Jose Mourinho eyes a defensive improvement from his team’s recent performances. For Sevilla, Clément Lenglet has been a goal-scoring defender this season scoring 3 goals for the club in La Liga.
Left Back – Escudero (Sevilla)
A rather easy choice this one for our Manchester United vs Sevilla combined XI as Manchester United are struggling with their left-back puzzle as Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are yet to find a viable solution. Escudero has been consistent with his displays this season and finds a place in this combined XI.
Defensive Midfielder – Nemanja Matic (Man United)
Ever Banega and Nemanja Matic were fighting for this position and we decided to go with Matic given his ability to hold the ball in midfield and spray the ball around. Banega’s goal-scoring ability has been overlooked in favour of Matic’s solidity in midfield for our Manchester United vs Sevilla UCL combined XI.
Central Midfielders – Paul Pogba and Steven N’Zonzi
The two Frenchmen will lead the midfield in the UCL Round of 16 combined XI as the onus is on Pogba to be the player he was bought by Jose Mourinho last season for. N’Zonzi is also linked with a summer move away from Sevilla and a strong performance against Man United could help his case.
Left Wing – Alexis Sanchez (Man United)
The new Manchester United signing has been eyed as the much-needed boost to Mourinho’s hopes of progressing in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Round of 16 this season. Alexis has a proven pedigree in the competition from his time with Barcelona and Arsenal and he will be asked to lift United’s performance after the recent blips.
Right Wing – Luis Muriel (Sevilla)
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were gunning for this spot and although they have played a part in 5 Champions League goals for United but their inconsistency has kept them out of the Manchester United vs Sevilla UCL Round of 16 combined XI and Sevilla’s Luis Muriel gets the edge after scoring 5 league goals this season.
Striker – Ben Yedder (Sevilla)
Romelu Lukaku will not have any complaints from this selection as Ben Yedder has been in imperious form in the Champions League (UCL). Yedder has scored 6 goals from 6 group stages including that stunning brace against Liverpool to earn a 3-3 draw after going 3-0 behind.