After an impressive win over fierce rivals Liverpool on Saturday, Manchester United (-180) figure to be a confident bunch heading into their Champions League match with Spanish side Sevilla (+570) on Tuesday afternoon (3:45 p.m. ET).
In a strange twist of fate, an injury to record signing Paul Pogba actually appeared to play into United’s favor when they hosted Liverpool, as manager Jose Mourinho (pictured above) was able to field a balanced lineup that got the best out of those in action.
That, after all, has been the real issue with integrating the Frenchman into the Red Devils’ lineup in recent times, as his inclusion in the midfield undoubtedly limits the freedom of some of those ahead of him. With Pogba out, midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay offered real protection to the defense and provided a platform for the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford to get up in support of Romelu Lukaku.
That much was key in the first half over the weekend, and Lukaku’s role in the victory should not be downplayed. The 24-year-old allows United to go direct and play on the counter when they need to; the Belgian striker has recovered from a midseason slump and has been performing well for some time now.