Man Utd news LIVE updates: Jose Mourinho HUGS reporter after Champions League clash

Manchester United news LIVE updates: Latest Champions League build-up

Manchester United news LIVE updates: All the latest from Old Trafford including tonight’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.

Wednesday 20, February

Herrera injury

Ander Herrera suffered what looked to be a hamstring injury in tonight’s clash, and Jose Mourinho fears the worst.

“I think it is a bad injury,” He said.

“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. It didn’t look like he was fully fit.”

Mourinho hug…

Now that’s not something you see everyday.

Jose Mourinho has just hugged BT Sport reporter Des Kelly for asking him about Scott McTominay before questioning him over Paul Pogba.

“Can I hug you?” Mourinho asked before doing just that.

“In the press conference, the questions were about Paul Pogba but the question should be about the kid. He was fantastic. He did everything well. He put pressure on Ever Banega and stopped him playing, he’s their playmaker. I think Scott was brilliant.

“The midfield started really well and Paul made a big effort to go into the dynamic when he came on and he had a positive performance.”

Check out the video above.

Sevilla vs Manchester United – Report

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea added another heart-stopping save to his collection as his team held a highly impressive Sevilla side to a goalless draw away from home in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Spain international foiled the home side’s Colombian striker Luis Muriel from point-blank range at the end of the first half not long after tipping over an overhead kick from Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado as the Spaniards created far more chances than Jose Mourinho’s side.

United forward Romelu Lukaku spurned a rare clear opening in the first period when he punted a pass from Alexis Sanchez well over the bar and the Belgian had a goal ruled out for handball late in the second.

Mourinho left record signing Paul Pogba out of the starting line-up but was forced to bring on the French midfielder when Ander Herrera pulled up injured early in the game.

The second leg takes place at Old Trafford on March 13.

Manchester United news LIVE updates: Jose Mourinho hugs Des KellyBT SPORT

Manchester United news LIVE updates: Jose Mourinho hugs Des Kelly

Sevilla vs Manchester United

Paul Pogba has been left on the Manchester United bench for tonight’s Champions League clash at Sevilla.

The 24-year-old pulled out of Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield through illness, but recovered in time to travel with the team to Spain.

However, Pogba was only named as a substitute for the last-16 first leg at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with Jose Mourinho plumping for a midfield including Scott McTominay.

Manchester UnitedXI: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Matic, McTominay, Herrera, Sanchez, Mata, Lukaku.

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Liverpool will pounce

Liverpool will finish above Manchester United in the Premier League this season because of the Red Devils’ involvement in other competitions, according to former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol.

Manchester United currently sit second in the table, 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City. Liverpool are two points adrift of United in third but have no FA Cup to contend with having been knocked out in the fourth round against West Brom.

“Clearly Manchester City are going to win the Premier League. Runners up, I’m going to go for Liverpool,” he said. “I think Manchester United are going to be involved in the FA Cup all the way to the final. “Allied to the fact they’ll be in the Champions League, I think they’re going to get through as well. All of these things are going to against Manchester United.”

Pogba out!

Paul Pogba has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI for tonight’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.

The French international returned to full training yesterday, after missing United’s FA Cup fifth round win over Huddersfield through illness.

But Express Sport understands that manager Jose Mourinho has opted for Scott McTominay over the 24-year-old midfield superstar, who will be named among the substitutes.

The Portuguese tactician has chose to go with a midfield three of McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.

Predicted XI…

Manchester United travel to face Sevilla in the Champions League tonight – but who will start?

It remains unclear whether Paul Pogba, who has travelled to Spain, will have recovered from illness in time for the game with Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic definitely out.

But it’s not all bad news for United who could welcome Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera back to the fold.

Eric Bailly is fit again and – given United’s defensive injury worries – is expected to start in Spain.

Take a look through the gallery BELOW to reveal the predicted Manchester United team to face Sevilla in the Champions League knockout rounds.

Kroos wants United

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos is reportedly keen to join Manchester United when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

The Red Devils are said to have made Real Madrid star Kroos a priority target, with the Germany international being eyed to replace Paul Pogba.

And Spanish website Diario Gol say the German wants to join United with the Red Devils set to make an offer in the summer.

He reportedly feels that, having conquered Spain and Germany already, England would be the perfect place for him to thrive.

de Vrij transfer hint

Stefan de Vrij has hinted he could be on his way to Manchester United in the summer after confirming his Lazio departure on Facebook.

The Dutchman has been unable to agree a new contract and is reportedly edging ever closer to a move to Manchester United. The Daily Mirror claim he is keen on a move to Old Trafford and already has an offer on the table from the Red Devils.

And in a statement on Facebook, the 26-year-old has suggested this is the case, admitting he is leaving to fulfil his goals and get out of his comfort zone.

“It has been a very difficult period full of speculations on my future to come to this point that nobody desired,” De Vrij wrote. “Unfortunately we were not able to find a satisfying agreement for both parties due to various reasons. I understand the disappointment of the Lazio fans very good and it hurts me leaving in this way.”

source:-express.