Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: Liverpool victory just a warm-up


Manchester United pair Nemanja Matic and Jose Mourinho sought to play down the 2-1 win over Liverpool last Saturday and highlight the importance of tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) clash with Sevilla.

Manchester United host Spanish outfit Sevilla at Old Trafford tonight in the Champions League.

"I had a problem during the Burton game during the second half", says the only English player other than Wayne Rooney to win the Premier League title, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, FA Community Shield, UEFA Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup.

Vincenzo Montella's Sevilla are not in the best of form heading to Manchester, having won two and lost two of their last four matches, including a 5-2 loss to Atletico Madrid and a 2-0 loss to Valencia, indicating their inability to win big matches this season.

Aside from this, United are pretty much with the same players from the previous game, with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera in the treatment room, whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic's involvement has not been mentioned, despite the Swede featuring in an open-training session on Monday.

"In a game like this, at the highest level, it is important to keep the same principles of your game", Montella said.

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Rashford certainly boosted his chance of earning another start against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"Even if Paul Pogba was fit I don't think he would get in the United team, as he has suffered from the confusion that Alexis Sanchez's arrival has brought to the team".

Rashford also insisted that he didn't need to be reassured by his manager when he was struggling for playing time, saying: "He doesn't have to (speak to me)".

Mourinho also praised referee Craig Pawson and fourth official Martin Atkinson for their performances against Liverpool. Now, I have only one name in my mind. "In training is where I'm doing most of my learning". I think when he looks up and sees 25,000 fans in the stadium he created that he'll come to a decision that something has to change.

"I still see myself as a winger because I've played there for so long. So, yes, we beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool - only City we have not beaten in the current top six - but that means nothing because in football these days you have to prove it every day".