Despite winning a hotly-contested and very entertaining North West derby against Liverpool on Saturday, the next two fixtures this week are of greater importance in the grand scheme of things for Manchester United. That result should mean that they finish in the top four and therefore qualify for the Champions League in consecutive seasons for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Two trophies are still possible for United and their attention now turns to claiming the Champions League and, more likely, the FA Cup. Two wins at Old Trafford this week would mean that they are through to the last-eight of the former and semi-finals of the latter. First up are Sevilla on Tuesday and it is a case of winner takes all – a 0-0 draw in Spain three weeks ago means that the tie is evenly-balanced and it is sure to be a tense occasion.
A 0-0 draw (8.75) is the only outcome that would bring extra-time, though Sevilla know that scoring once would require their hosts to find the net twice due to the away goals rule. Since their last meeting, however, the English club have won three games and are hitting form at the right time.
Marcus Rashford, who scored twice against Liverpool, is likely to be granted a start by Jose Mourinho on Tuesday and he, along with Romelu Lukaku, will be the major goal threat. Alexis Sanchez is also due a goal having recorded just one since signing from Arsenal in January.
Sevilla head to Manchester on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Valencia. Their first-leg performance will give them belief that they can get a result to send them into the last-eight. Only a magnificent David de Gea save kept the scores level at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán but Los Rojiblancos will have to attack better than they have so far in La Liga – they have scored just 36 times in 28 matches and finishing higher than their position of fifth is unlikely.
United, who have lost just twice at Old Trafford since Mourinho took over, are 1.65 to win in normal time and 1.45 to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They do not need to lose, of course, to be eliminated and Sevilla are 4.10 to get a draw – if that includes an away goal then the Spaniards will be in the next round. It is also 1.95 that both teams score, and this would make for a breathless spectacle.