Pundit tips Man United to lose first leg at Sevilla

Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas has backed Sevilla to beat Manchester United in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg at the Estadio Ramon.

United will travel to Seville looking to pick up a positive result ahead of the return match at Old Trafford next month.

Nicholas, however, has backed Sevilla to record a 2-1 victory in the first leg of the European tie.

The pundit has claimed that Alexis Sanchez’s January arrival has disrupted the Red Devils, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba all struggling since the Chilean moved to Old Trafford last month.

As a result, Nicholas feels that United will struggle to overcome a Sevilla side who are yet to record a win at this stage of the Champions League.

Nicholas told Sky Sports:

“I said at the time Alexis Sanchez came in ‘What disruptions will this cause?’. Marcus Rashford has been bombed out, Anthony Martial has been switched to the right and stopped scoring and Pogba has fallen out of the team.

“The positive for United is Sevilla are a bag of Revels. They’re fifth in La Liga but their goal difference is negative so that tells you everything about their defence, but they can hurt you on their day in the hostile Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.”

United have been boosted by the news that Pogba, Rashford, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all trained on Tuesday morning ahead of the tie on Wednesday night.

Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, however, are all said to be unavailable for the clash at the Estadio Ramon.