As Manchester United prepare to face Sevilla in the last-16 of the Champions League, Ashley Young has stated that the Premier League club have the credentials to lift Europe’s top prize this season.
Jose Mourinho’s men have been unpredictable this campaign and although they currently sit second in the table, they find themselves 16 points behind rivals City.
Two defeats in their last four domestic matches have also left pundits and punters alike scratching their heads and wondering what to expect in their two-legged affair with their La Liga opponents.
But Young, who won the Europa League with United last season, believes their squad strength can see them go all the way in this season’s competition.
When asked by the media if the Red Devils can win the trophy, the England international insisted: “Of course we can. You don’t enter a competition not to win it.
“That’s what we will be looking to do and take each game as it comes. The next one is against Sevilla. That’s a tough away game, like Huddersfield and Newcastle. That’s what the stadium is like…we just have to concentrate on ourselves.”
A concern though for the Premier League club is their Champions League away form.
They have lost five of their last nine games on the road in the competition, including a 1-0 defeat at Basel in their last European away game. Since then, the Swiss side have been beaten 4-0 by Manchester City on home soil last week.
When you also consider Sevilla’s impressive home form – with just one defeat in their last 36 games at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – it highlights the task in hand for Mourinho’s men to make the quarter-finals.