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Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pressure on every Manchester United player, not just Paul Pogba - Mourinho


Amid criticism from Mourinho of his recent performances, Paul Pogba is back in the United squad after illness kept him out of the FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town. And we have a strong team, strong bonding, strong team mentality.

United, the defending Europa League champion, is back in the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

"You don't enter a competition not to win it", he added.

"You can see the combinations", Young said.

He may not have wanted there to be one, either, while how far the morning session had been staged may have been a legitimate question too. "His (Lukaku) hold-up play, his all-round game was fantastic at Huddersfield, and he's done that all throughout the season", Young said.

"Playing against Mourinho? I'm excited, for me he's an innovator and when I started coaching he's somebody I studied". "I don't like the fact that the player who cost X millions doesn't have the same responsibility as the player who cost three times X".

"If my memory is ok I think I had big victories here against Sevilla but I also lost".

"The responsibility is for everyone so I don't like that approach. I hope he doesn't play!"

Of course, there's nothing majorly surprising here: United were unlikely to come out and say "yes, yes, we all hate each other and it's all falling apart", but these reports are obviously never a good sign.

Captain Ever Banega has missed Sevilla's last two games through injury and the Argentine is a major doubt for the first leg.

Teammate Clement Lenglet said the players were determined to prove the doubters wrong against United, telling the club's official website: "Few people think we are going to go through and that truly motivates us".

Pogba, 24, looked relaxed among his United team-mates in training but there is plenty of weight on his shoulders to deliver in these massive games. I've read his books, I've studied his tactics.

Sevilla have already beaten Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final and Lenglet believes the underdog status suits his side as it is a huge motivating factor for his team-mates. We've got a tough game against Sevilla away and we've got to concentrate on that.

The club's French defender, Clement Lenglet admits Wednesday night will be a test of his team's abilities, as well as his own as he will be faced with Manchester United's Belgian global forward Romelu Lukaku.

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