With the league title now looking a distant prospect, it’s time for Manchester United to focus on Europe. And as if by happy coincidence, the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League took place this morning, and United were drawn against Sevilla.
We don’t think Jose Mourinho will be too unhappy with that, assuming he’s managed to get all the milk out of his hair. This isn’t because Sevilla are easy opponents — Liverpool struggled to beat them in the group stage, in rather amusing fashion — but because United avoided Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
As far as we can tell, United have never faced Sevilla before. The Andalucian club currently sit fifth in the La Liga table, three points behind Real Madrid and 11 behind leaders Barcelona. The squad lacks truly massive names but Jesus Navas, Nolito, and Steven N’Zonzi have all had recent spells in the Premier League.
We’ll add exact dates once we’ve found them, but for the moment, the first legs will be played on 13, 14, 20 and 21 February, with the second coming on 6, 7, 13 and 14 March.