United will hope to book their place in Friday's quarter-final draw by seeing off Sevilla tonight. "So, of course, knockout becomes more important than league matches".
United have drawn 22 goalless matches in the Champions League, a record they share with AC Milan.
It was a similar story at the same stage two years later as they hosted Real Madrid following a scoreless tie but were unable to recover from a 3-0 second-leg deficit, eventually losing 3-2 at home.
The last time Sevilla played in the quartersfinals of the European tournament was in the 1957-58 season, after defeating Danish side AGF Aarhus in the round of 16.
Mourinho's men have been written off at various points this campaign and major questions were asked and decisions queries ahead of each of their last three league games.
But Mata reckons the Red Devils can overcome their rivals to win the competition just as his Chelsea side did in 2012.
Now the Manchester Evening News claim he has passed a late fitness test and is in the matchday squad, though whether he gets in the side is a different matter given how well United played in Pogba's absence.
'I think he will stay, ' Mourinho told La Sexta. Limiting the opposition to as few chances as possible with the knowledge his own troops have plenty in attack often proves hugely effective. Earlier this week Michael Carrick confirmed his retirement from football at the end of the season, and United will be looking to give the midfield veteran a fitting send-off by potentially winning the competition for the second time in Carrick's career.
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