Despite admitting to the onerous task ahead of him and his team, Vincenzo Montella remained hopeful that his Sevilla side could script an upset at Manchester United to progress to the quarters of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw in Spain, leaving the tie delicately poised this evening.
Manchester United host Spanish side Sevilla at Old Trafford tonight in the Champions League.
Guiding an unfashionable Chelsea outfit to the semi-finals in 2014 where they were overpowered in the semifinals, Mourinho was only eliminated the following season on away goals, after extra-time, to Paris Saint-Germain.
"But Sevilla and Brighton are "live-or-die" games so the next two are much more important than this one".
The former Juventus man has not been at his best in recent matches, but has impressed a lot this season, his mini-slump aside. However, they lost at home once again on Saturday when Valencia handed them a 2-0 defeat.
Rojo (unspecified), Jones (unspecified), Blind (ankle), Herrera (hamstring) Doubt: Pogba (thigh), Ibrahimovic (knee) will be out for Manchester United because of injuries.
Away goals could be absolutely crucial in this game with any Sevilla strike essentially counting for two United goals.
Marcus Rashford came into the side and scored twice, while Scott McTominay played well alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield. The first leg was. what was it?
The win against Ajax in Stockholm might have saved Jose Mourinho after his first season in charge at Old Trafford, as United only managed a sixth-place finish in the Premier League. Moreover, the attractive style implemented by long-time adversary Pep Guardiola is far more in keeping with that United fans are used to seeing than the fare offered up by Mourinho's tactics.