Manchester United face Sevilla on Sunday night with a place in the Europa League final on the line.
Julen Lopetegui’s side have great pedigree in Europe’s secondary competition, winning it three times back to back between 2014 and 2016.
It promises to be a tight match and we’ve picked out three Sevilla dangermen United will need to keep quiet in order to book their place in the final…
The experienced Argentine midfielder tormented United at Old Trafford back in 2018, when the Spaniards clinched a 2-1 victory.
At 32, he is still doing the business, keeping things ticking over in midfield.
He had 140 touches and completed 118 passes against Wolves in the quarters (BBC); the Old Gold midfield couldn’t get near him.
Banega also tops Sevilla’s assist rankings with 10, and set up Lucas Ocampos’s winner on Wednesday night.
Bruno Fernandes’s energy may well be crucial in shutting him down.
Ocampos has a hugely impressive goal return from the wing, leading the way for Sevilla this season with 15 strikes.
As mentioned, he netted the winner against Wolves and will be coming into this match on a high.
This is the best goalscoring season of his career, outstripping his nine-goal 2016/17 campaign for Marseille.
Ocampos will be looking to top off an impressive personal season with silverware and should offer a huge test for Brandon Williams.
Former Barcelona hitman Munir has ten goals to his name this season.
Although he only came off the bench against Wolves, United will be wary of Sevilla substitutes.
In 2018, Wissam Ben Yedder’s double just minutes after coming off the bench sunk United and Munir may be eyeing a similar contribution on Sunday.
Substitutes could play a huge part, in hot conditions at the end of a long season, and United must keep their focus throughout.
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